Your Ride: 1932 Alvis Speed 20 SA

Most of us car guys have a “niche” set of interests. Maybe your into American muscle, or Japanese sportscars — but one of our readers, Jose, has a different kind of niche car hobby; classics. Oh, and we mean classics.

An avid enthusiast and owner, Jose says that the Alvis Speed 20 SA in question is just one of many classics he owns, spanning the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. But these aren’t just garage queens–oh no. Jose and his buddies (also collectors) even took their classics across the Australian outback just last year. Now that’s the kind of enthusiast we love.

Read more about it here:

Alvin 2

BR: How did you acquire your ride?

Jose: I had been looking for an early Speed 20 and one of the Google searches showed this car being advertised for sale in Wales. I got some pictures and details, went over to have a look at it and test drive it and I was hooked.

PHOTOS: See more Alvis automobiles in our galleries

What drew you to it when you bought it?

I own several classic cars but this is my first pre-war. I have a couple of friends who own similar cars and we actually drove together across Australia last year. So the challenge of a pre-war grew slowly…Bentleys are soooo expensive and 1.5-liter Astons are also less powerful and cramped for my six-foot-plus frame. So, a Speed 20 seemed a good alternative.

The earlier (1932 – middle of 1933) SA cars are the lighter and purer breed. Later versions (SB, SC, SD, etc.) with independent suspension and synchromesh gearboxes became more refined, bulkier and heavier. Not to mention the later 25 and 4.3.

Alvis

Does it have a name?

Just YY…

What do you feel like when you drive it?

Initially, getting used to the center accelerator pedal (brake on the right) and “crash” (non-synchromesh) gearbox was a challenge, requring double de-cluctching up and down, once you master this though it gives you a sense of acheivement different from an other post-war convertible. You sit low on the double-drop chassis, and the 6-cylinder 2.5-liter engine with 3-SU carburetors has a lot of torque. Not very powerful, but in its day was still capable of 98 mph.

RELATED: See photos of the 1939 Alvis Speed 25 Tourer

What you would change about your car, if anything?

Later on perhaps, a 4.3-liter engine and a silver crest syncromesh gearbox.

What have you done to make it a bolder ride?

Nothing really needed… 

Alvin

Dream accessory for it and why?

Oh! Just a monit tripmeter for regularity rallies…

Thanks to Jose for letting us share his ride! Want us to feature your ride? Click here to find out how

--

Did you know that you can get stories like this on the Yahoo mail app?
Download it here.

Yahoo Cricket

Latest News

  • U.S. deejay Kasem's widow will not face criminal charges

    The widow of American radio personality Casey Kasem will not face criminal charges in connection with his death, prosecutors said on Friday, despite allegations of abuse from three of his adult children. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said there was not enough evidence to charge 61-year-old Jean Kasem, the former "American Top 40" deejay's second wife, with his death last June. Kasem died in Washington state after suffering from Lewy Body disease, a form of dementia with …

  • Oil-coated pelicans scrubbed clean at California rehab center
    Oil-coated pelicans scrubbed clean at California rehab center

    By Alan Devall LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Several petroleum-stained pelicans rescued from the blackened muck of California's latest oil spill spent the day on Friday being gently, painstakingly scrubbed clean at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Los Angeles. The six pelicans brought this week to the Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care and Education Center in the city's San Pedro harbor area were the first known surviving wildlife casualties from a pipeline rupture on Tuesday about 150 miles away near …

  • Argentina's president seeks arts legacy with concert hall
    Argentina's president seeks arts legacy with concert hall

    By Sarah Marsh BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - With less than a year to go in her presidency, Cristina Fernandez has sought her place in Argentina's cultural history, unveiling Latin America's largest arts complex, housed in Buenos Aires's historic former Post and Telegraph Palace. Named after Fernandez's late husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner, the Kirchner Cultural Center's focal piece is an avant-garde bulbous "blue whale" auditorium. Entry will be free to ensure it is a space for "the …

  • Sotheby's features abstract art sale in NY Latam spring auctions
    Sotheby's features abstract art sale in NY Latam spring auctions

    Works of art by Colombian artist Fernando Botero, Cuban artist Wilfredo Lam and Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo are expected to be among the highlights of Sotheby's Latin American spring art auctions next week, which will also include a special sale of abstract art. Tamayo's "La Familia," which has been in his family and is fresh to the market, is expected to be the top lot of Sotheby's two-day sales on May 26 and 27 with a presale estimate of up to $1.6 million. "His work with sand, earth and …

  • TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' after molestation reports
    TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' after molestation reports

    By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. cable network TLC said on Friday it has pulled all episodes of "19 Kids and Counting," its top-rated television reality show featuring a large Christian family, after reports surfaced that the eldest son had molested underage girls as a teen. Josh Duggar, 27, the son, issued an apology Thursday, acknowledging "wrongdoing," but did not directly address allegations reported by In Touch magazine and other websites. "We are deeply saddened and …

  • U.S. director's "Little Prince" gets French premiere at Cannes
    U.S. director's "Little Prince" gets French premiere at Cannes

    By Michael Roddy CANNES, France (Reuters) - The creators of the animated film "The Little Prince", which had its world premiere at the Cannes festival on Friday, knew they had to take extra care in adapting one of the most cherished works of 20th-century French literature for the screen. To that end, American director Mark Osborne ("The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie") has created a story within a story in which a Little Girl, voiced by Mackenzie Foy (the 10-year old Murph in "Interstellar") is …

  • Koons sculpture raises 12 million euros at Cannes AIDS auction
    Koons sculpture raises 12 million euros at Cannes AIDS auction

    A huge sculpture called "Coloring Book" by American artist Jeff Koons sold for 12 million euros ($13.2 million) at a star-studded charity auction near Cannes that raised more than 33 million euros for AIDS research. Sienna Miller, Jake Gyllenhaal, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard were among the celebrities and millionaires at the annual amfAR "Cinema Against AIDS" event on Thursday night at the luxury Hotel de Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes. At the gala, a highlight during the …

  • Rajkumar Hirani produces his sister's play

    Mumbai, May 22 (IANS) Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who last directed the successful "PK" is now all set to produce his sister Anju Kishinchandani's play "Growing Up" based on puberty. Anju is quite excited to present her play in front of an audience. "When I first heard Anju's concept of the storyline, I was immediately hooked. …

Loading...