Today, the name Alvis is something that is more associated with Chipmunks than anything else, but not long ago, Alvis meant something else: quality, exclusive touring cars. Sure, Alvis made other cars, but there were really well known for their performance touring cars. Back in the ’30s, you could do much worse than sit behind the wheel of a 1936 Alvis Speed 25; it was available in three different models: a two-door sports touring car, a two-door sports sedan, and of course, a two-door drophead coupe. While they weren’t the fastest cars around, they were certainly fast enough, and were built to exacting standards of quality, which has helped many of them – up to 200 – survive to this day.
Under the stately hood of the Alvis Speed 25 was a 3.6 liter overhead valve straight six, developing enough power to take this touring car to a maximum top speed of approximately 90 miles per hour, or 145 km/h, a rather impressive figure at the time, if not absolutely stellar.
What was best about the Alvis Speed 25, which was in production from 1936 until 1940, wasn’t its speed, or its looks, or any one thing in particular. It was the complete package. Interestingly enough, the reason for the abrupt cancellation of the Speed 25 was the bombing of the factory by the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain… another senseless casualty of war.