The Alvis motor car company
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Founding of the Alvis motor car company
Alvis would soon be founded in 1919 when T.G John Ltd
acquired the business of Holley Brothers.
History of Alvis motor car company
First known as T.G John Ltd the company was
based in the Midlands city of Coventry and began
by making initially carburettor bodies and
stationary engines and a small 50cc engine scooter called the Stafford Mobile Pup. during the
same time the company also built engines for
Hillman Motor Car Company witch survived till
1921. Alvis's first car was to be a 4 cylinder
aluminium piston, pressure lubricated engine
designed by Frevville. The whole idea was weal
ahead of its time and the first car model was to
be called the 10/30 and was very popular with
the public. soon after the company built a
strong reputation for performance and quality.
there success and popularity the company faced
complaints that the logo they used bore
similarities to the AVRO aviation company logo a
winged green triangle, thus the more familiar
red triangle incorporating the word Alvis was
created. In 1921 the company name changed to
Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd, and
relocated to Coventry. Between 1922 and 1923 the
Buckingham car was born.
Smith Clarke joined in 1923 leaving Daimler to
become Chief Engineer and Works Manager and also
joined by WM Dunn as Chief Draughtsman. This
partnership was to last 25 years and catapult
the business in to a successful car
manufacturing company. By 1923 the 10/30 side
valve engine was developed into an overhead
valve 12/50 built until 1932 and became one of
the most successful vintage sports cars of all
time. 12/50hp's survive till this day.
cylinder 14.75hp was built in 1927 with the
engine creating the basis for a long line of
luxury six cylinder Alvis cars up until the war
broke out. Still, this car displayed many
leading enhancements in technology, 1933
saw cars featuring an independent front
suspension and the first ever all synchromesh
gearbox in the world. Then came servo assisted
brakes and as an option, a Roots type
supercharger. The 1930's saw more front wheel
drive cars being produced with in bored brakes
and overhead camshafts.
In 1927 World
War 2 struck and car production took a huge
dive. During the 1930's and 1940's Smith Clarke
designed remarkable models such as the Speed 20
with its six cylinder engine and being low slung
and the Speed 25 being considered to be the
finest car produced in the 1930's and a 4.3
litre model. The company name changed to Alvis
Ltd in 1936 and by the beginning of the war
there were division with in the company building
aero engines and armoured vehicles. Up until 1946 war suspended car
production. After 1946 Alvis resumed production
with the introduction of the TA14 based upon the
pre war 12/70 model also featuring a four
cylinder engine. The TA14 was visually
attractive and a reliable solid built car.
cylinder 3 little engine was built and revealed
in 1950 and would become the bass model for all
Alvis models up until 1967. During this period
of time a rang of bodies and different features
surfaced under the name Alvis. During the 1980's
Alvis Ltd became part of Rover. The name then
changed from British Leyland to United
Scientific Holdings then Alvis Vickers Ltd in
the mid 2000's. The use of the characteristic
red triangle trademark ended in 2004 with BAE
was there first car produced.
name changed to Alvis Car and Engineering
Buckingham car was born.
GT Smith joined. The 10/30's engine redesigned for the 12/50 produced until 1932.
14.75hp was introduced.
20 and Speed 25 were introduced
name changed to Alvis Ltd. Car production
stopped due to War.
production continued with the TA14
cylinder engine was built and used in many
models till 1967.
Ltd became part of Rover, name changed from
British Leyland to United Scientific Holdings.
changed again to Alvis Vickers Ltd.
trademark triangle was withdrawn by the new
owner, BAE systems.
What models and types of cars and automobiles
does the Alvis motor car company produce?
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produced by the company include those detailed
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