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There is something really cool about an Alvis. The iconic British brand, which was resurrected in 2017 after lying dormant for 50 years, will start building a range of Continuation Series cars of six different models and two chassis configurations. The news comes in the wake of many British brands such as Jaguar and Aston Martin, are working to recreate some of their most sought after models for an exclusive group of loyal customers.
The recreation process is more than just a body off restoration, with original chassis, running gear and engines, which were left untouched since the company went bust in 1968, being fitted with the best of modern brakes, fuel injection and other technical bits and bobs.
Models include the 1966 Alvis TF21, available in Park Ward Drop Head, Graber Super Coupe or Graber Super Cabriolet. This means gorgeous 15-inch wire wheels, disc brakes, a five-speed manual gearbox and an Alvis-designed 3.0-litre straight six engine with fuel injection.
The pre-war models of the Alvis line-up also get a look in, with the 1935 Bertelli Sports Coupe, the 1937 Lancefield Drophead Coupe or the 1939 Vanden Plas Tourer all getting the continuation treatment. Under the bonnet of these beauties will sit a 4.3-litre straight-six engine and come with 19-inch alloy wheels, and a six-speed manual box.
Alvis customers can build a car to reflect their own personal taste, with all the original design drawings on hand to help them make their choice. Customers can also upgrade their Alvis with a variety of modern motoring mod cons such as air con, automatic gearbox, power steering and even a thumping modern stereo system.
Each completely road legal model will take between four and five thousand hours to build, and Alvis has no plans to do an Aston Martin and offer an EV conversion. Thank goodness for that.