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1931 Alvis TJ 12/50 4 Seater Tourer by Richard Breese

Lot Number: 554

1931 Alvis TJ 12/50 4 Seater Tourer by Richard Breese

Stunning, previously-restored and backdated TJ with TG 12/50 bodywork.

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  • Sold for: £12,375

LIVE AUCTION: This lot was auctioned on Sunday 14th November, 2021 at 1.00pm GMT at NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

  • Body Colour

    BODY COLOUR
    Blue

  • Drive

    DRIVE
    RHD

  • Registration Number

    REG NUMBER
    VC 8668

SALE ROOM NOTICE

Now offered with no reserve

SUMMARY

Stunning, previously-restored and backdated TJ with TG 12/50 bodywork.

DESCRIPTION

  • Previously restored with replica four-seat Cross & Ellis bodywork
  • Used sparingly and mechanically excellent
  • Rebuilt steering box - a must on any 12/50 of the period
  • Backdated aesthetically to represent a TJ, but retaining its TG underpinnings

A seminal model for the Alvis Car Company, the 12/50 was introduced in 1923, and lasted in production through various revisions until 1932. Featuring a number of inline-four engine configurations ranging from 1.5 to 1.65 litres in displacement, the 12/50 in all its forms quickly earned itself a reputation as a fantastic car for the discerning motorist, with its speed and reliability boosting sales significantly in period.

Initially replaced in 1927 by the inline-six engined, 1870cc 14.75hp, the subsequent depression going into the 1930s forced the need for a cheaper car with a reputation for reliability, and Alvis re-introduced the 12/50 in late 1930. These cars - the so-called ‘revival’ TJ and TL models - featured a harmonically-balanced crankshaft, coil ignition, lower springs and a taller body, enabling them to be quickly identified by knowing enthusiasts.

This particular ‘revival’ 1931-registered TJ 12/50 has undergone significant restoration in the past, having started out life as a fawn-coloured Cross & Ellis - bodied two-seater with red wire wheels and a red leather interior. Delivered new to a Mr Frank Wood of Birmingham by Birmingham’s Alvis agent Frank Hallams, the car ‘disappeared’ for numerous years, before turning up in a rather sorry state in Helensburgh, having been apparently converted into a ‘special’ and partly restored.

The owner then chose to completely re-body the car and back-date it to an earlier ‘TG’ four-seat model with replica Cross & Ellis bodywork, in order to benefit from both a level of weatherproofing and also the earlier, arguably prettier bodywork with its shorter radiator. This work was carried out to the highest standard by well-known specialist Richard Breese, who also thoroughly overhauled and reconditioned the chassis and running gear. New white metalling and a crank re-grind was carried out by Cotswold engineering, and a big power 1645 head fitted to the engine, along with a new manifold, stainless steel exhaust and a rebuilt Marles steering box.

The original Fawn-over-red colour combination was replaced with matching dark blue bodywork and upholstery, with the trim work being carried out by Anne Taylor including a full dark blue interior, matching tonneau cover, full wet-weather hood and side screens.

Particularly detail-oriented viewers will also be delighted to note that the instruments are period-correct, and the car has the correct Hare mascot.

Regularly maintained by Red Triangle and presenting in very good condition throughout, this is a wonderfully attractive and useable example of the ‘revival’ special Alvis, which also benefits from an aesthetically-pleasing colour combination and backdated bodywork. An excellent collectors car that can be enjoyed year-round.

SPECIFICATION

Lot Number
554
Make
ALVIS
Model
12/50 BREESE BODIED 4-SEAT TOURER
Registration Number
VC 8668
MOT Expiry
Exempt
Chassis Number
8978
Engine Number
9914
Transmission
Manual
Body Colour
Blue

CONSIGNOR

Consignor

For further information regarding this lot please contact James.

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