DORSET VINTAGE AND CLASSIC AUCTIONS
Thursday 29th November 2018
Athelhampton House, nr Dorchester, Dorset
Restored by Peter Smith and in the same family ownership since the 1960s
1939 ALVIS 12/70 'ANDERSON' TOURER
Model: 12/70 'Anderson' Tourer by Whittingham and Mitchel
Registration Number: OJT 727
Chassis Number: 19886
Engine Number: 16158
Steering: Right Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Guide Price: £40000 - 50000
Road Tax Exempt
Alvis factory records show that the rolling chassis of OJT 727 was supplied to Hugh Anderson Ltd of London on the 26th of November 1938, and then re-delivered after a final test on the 3rd of January the following year. The body maker was Whittingham and Mitchel, also of London.
As an errand boy for a high-class Sherborne grocery store, your correspondent delivered provisions to a notable street occupied by solicitors, bank managers and business owners. By coincidence, the very same Alvis 12/70 was often parked in a garage belonging to a local solicitor and at that time, in the 1950s, the car appeared to be very smart (to a thirteen-year-old errand boy anyway!) in its fawn colour and with its Dorset JT - prefix registration number.
Fast forward a few years and the Alvis was frequently spotted driving around the same town at high speeds with what appeared to be Sherborne school boys at the helm. The motor car then disappeared from sight and mind until several decades later when it returned to the Sherborne Historic Vehicle Rally, entered by its very proud owner Peter Smith. Peter was one half of Smith and Cave of Blandford, motor body repair specialists with an excellent reputation for quality repairs and paintwork. He purchased the 12/70 in the late 1960s, saving it (extraordinarily) from the scrap yard and set about a nut and bolt restoration that was carried out over a long period to concours standard. The result is a credit to Peter and his colleagues.
There is little point in detailing the full restoration work carried out as we understand that everything was rebuilt or renewed to the highest possible standard. OJT 727 has won numerous concours awards and did duty as Peter’s daughter’s wedding car.
The Alvis has remained in the same family for almost fifty years and maintained to a high standard. Red Triangle Auto Services has carried out maintenance for the last two years (invoices for this phase included in the file total in excess of £3000) and the motor car has been regularly MOT tested. Full weather equipment, including a tonneau cover and side screens, are supplied; the specially designed aero screens act as side wind deflectors and an Alvis eagle mascot and town radiator cap are also included in the sale.
Designated as SC13.22, the 12/70 is supplied with an original instruction book and lubrication chart, two copy spare parts catalogues, images, MOT test certificates, invoices, the V5C registration certificate and its replacement, together with a Red Triangle Auto Services valuation, dated December 2017, for £50,000. The history documentation is contained within a leather Classic Folio.
A fabulous opportunity to purchase a very rare Alvis.
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