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1931 Alvis 12/60 TK with "Beetleback" Tourer coachwork by Carbodies
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Used: An item that has been previously used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of ... Read moreabout the condition
Year: 1931
Engine Size: 1,645 Type: Sports/Convertible
Transmission: Manual Doors: 2
Fuel: Petrol Colour: Black
Seats: 3 Reg. Date: 09/10/1931
Drive Side: Right-hand drive

 1931 Alvis 12/60 TK Beetleback

Totally restored from frame-up with extensive photograph evidence confirming all components checked and overhauled/replaced before re-assembly. Engine completely rebuilt. Bare-metal respray to high standard. Has been rallied extensively on the Continent by the preceding owner who toured Germany, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg without a hitch. A most usable and historic motorcar. VSCC eligible.

This 12/60 (Reg Nr VC 9462) was a ‘Works’ Alvis being one of four registrations allocated by Coventry City Council to Alvis Ltd in 1931. The others are VC 9460, 1 and 3. It was the very last TK model made. It is also listed on page 377 of the first edition of “The Vintage Alvis”, by Hull and Johnson, who list the owner as one A.Capjon of Pewsey, Wiltshire. There are 3 other keepers known to the AOC.

The “Matching Numbers” at despatch from factory 12th October 1931 were: chassis 9150, engine 9632, Car (despatch) number 13993. Numbers the car retains to this day.

The Alvis TK 12/60 was introduced in 1931 as a sportier version of the well known 12/50 model, an extremely important series for Alvis and the car that really put Alvis on the map.The principal improvements were a higher compression engine, with a longer stroke 1645cc engine, twin SU carburettors and a close ratio gearbox. The engine output was 56bhp compared with normal 50bhp of the later 12/50’s. The crankcase and sump are aluminium castings with cast iron being used for the cylinder block and head. The camshaft, dynamo and magneto are driven by a train of gears from the front of the engine. Later cars feature electric fuel pumps and coil ignition. There is no water pump. The suspension is by leaf springs at the front & rear with Andre Hartford friction disc damping.

All Alvis 12/60s were lively and fun to drive, strong and reliable.
Features of the 12/60 include:-  Ingeniously concealed hood mechanism, Fold-flat windscreen, Extra 'dickey' seat hidden away in the rear bodywork with room for luggage.

Alvis did not have their own coachbuilding facilities and used several specialist firms one of which was Carbodies of Coventry. The Alvis 12/60 Sports coachwork, dubbed retrospectively the ‘Beetleback’ was one of the last to be built by Carbodies on a pre-war four-cylinder Alvis chassis. The  brass body plate on the n/s engine scuttle of this car confirms it was made by Carbodies. It bears the numbers 3960 on the left which is the actual Body Nr. The figure on the right 61031 is the date, in this case 6th October, 1931

Only 282 12/60’s (in all its variants) were made between 1931 and 1932, and between 60 to 120 examples are thought to exist to this day, which is a very high percentage survival rate and a great testament to the factory build-quality. In the 1920's Alvis sold their cars with the slogan - Master of the Kings Highway, seemingly not far off the mark.

This exceedingly rare and pretty vintage sportscar needs nothing, ready to use and enjoy. Come for a spin back in time and discover why Alvis Motorcars have such an avid following. You may even become an Alvis afficinado!

For further info call JOHN (anytime) on 01253 734199 or visit

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Kult Kars
Works Address "The Old Garage" R/) 10 Fairvierw Ave Lytham St Annes FY8 3TA
Company registration number: Sole Trader
VAT number: GB 981 3998 63

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