1928 Alvis T/A


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British title - Factory car 9th at Le Mans in 1928 - High quality restoration - Historic Alvis - 9th place in the 1928 Le Mans 24 Hours (Davis / Urquhart Dykes) With its innovative engineering, this Alvis, registered WK 5492 is the only known survivor of two factory cars that competed in the 1928 Le Mans 24 Hours. The team was made up of two specially prepared cars, equipped with a 1500cc engine and front-wheel drive, that finished sixth (n°27) and ninth (n°28) overall, first and second in their class. Technically, they were very advanced. In addition to having front-wheel drive, the cars were equipped with inboard brakes and all round independent suspension. The overhead cam engine was mated to a four-speed gearbox, and the ignition and fuel systems were built with competition components. Bearing number 28, this car was driven by the motoring journalist Sammy Davis (who had won the race in 1927 in a Bentley) and Bill Urquart-Dykes, and achieved an average speed of 93.667 km/h. The exploits of this car are recounted in Hull and Johnson's " The Vintage Alvis ", and in Davis' motoring memoires. The history of this Alvis is well known, bought just after the race by the Iliffe publishing family. The current owner acquired the car approximately 20 years ago and completed its restoration tastefully and competently, conserving the very attractive patina. The particular features related to its Le Mans history were also preserved, such as the lights (painted black to avoid reflections), the mud-guard that could be reinforced and the scrutineer's plaque on the dashboard. The only departures from the standard specification are the lower radiator grille that resembles the front-wheel drive Alvis TT (the original part is available to be used as a template) and the water-cooling system that is greatly improved and incorporates the original pump. The car is very sound and in good running order. A selection of spare parts and documentation on the restoration will be included in the sale. The Alvis marque is respected for the quality of its engineering. It built aircraft engines in addition to motorcars and other vehicles. Its front-wheel drive models were considered to be high quality sports cars and were costly to build. With its advanced engineering and historical significance, believed to be the only survivor of the official Alvis team that took part in the Le Mans 24 Hours, this car will be welcomed at the best historic events. Cars with such eminent provenance as WK 5492 rarely appear on the market and this Alvis represents a rare, if not unique opportunity.