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Alvis

FWD Supercharged, 1928

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Make
Alvis
Manufacturer
Alvis Car Company
Location Made
Coventry
Accession Number
2002-22-1
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
4 cyl, 1482cc, 75bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
80 mph (129 km/h)
Body Style
Sports
Price When New
£625
Materials
Metal, rubber, glass, textiles
Dimensions
3759mm (l), 1798mm (w), 1440mm (h)
Location
In the Workshop

Alvis was the pioneer of the front-wheel-drive racing car and was the first in Europe to introduce such a model.

The Alvis FWD of 1925 had a number of novelties. The engine was mounted back-to-front with the inboard brakes either side of the differential (like a modern racing car) and the frame and panels were made from Duralmin.

In 1927 the cars gained independent suspension, and the following year a production model was offered that was praised by journalists for its acceleration, brakes and ride.

The FWD was also available with a supercharger – like this one – and this car was driven in the 1928 TT race at Ards, Ulster, by Leon Cushman. It came second, just 13 seconds behind Kaye Don's Lea Francis.