My intention was to ask readers which extinct car brand they would like to see back in production. My preference is for Alvis. Interestingly, Alvis is not as dead as I thought.
My one caveat was that it ought to be a brand dead for more than 20 years so we can avoid regretting Rover, Pontiac, Austin, Morris and Oldsmobile, Citroen**, Lincoln**, Saab and Saturn. For example. Alvis are back in the business of car production. They have hit upon the wheeze of completing an unfinished run of cars from 1940. “There is evidence from the 1938 Alvis Board Minutes that 77 of the 4.3 Litre chassis that were officially sanctioned for production were never completed because car manufacturing had to be suspended in 1940. As a result the new 4.3 Litre “Continuation Series” will be limited to the production of these remaining 77 chassis, thereby fulfilling the original intention of the Alvis Board,” write Alvis at their nice website.
I contacted Alvis who told me that orders are being taken and deliveries made to customers. Quite coincidentally, Top
Clarkson magazine has a long article about Alvis. Here is some more information: ” Each car is individually built to order by the Alvis Car Company using the original Works drawings and build specifications from 1936. This includes the original 4.3 Litre six-cylinder engine capable of a hefty 250lb/ft. of torque as well as the chassis and ash frame. The demonstration model weighs in at 1750 kg, and has four speed all synchromesh gearbox with overdrive but as all cars will be built to order cars each can be constructed to the customer’s personal preference.”
I am rather pleased that Alvis is back in production even if the car is a little more retro than my personal preferences can extend to. There must be a few drivers out there for whom a Morgan is not exclusive enough and Alvis’s concept might just be the thing for them.
If I was waving the chequebook for a modern version of the Alvis name, I’d be looking for a car in the mould of the late T-series coupes. You might think this would be something close to a Bristol (a similar package). For Alvis I’d insist on an Alvis-designed engine and I don’t think I’d be demanding anything over 3.0 litres and it would be car under 4.6 metres. The world doesn’t need another huge, wide coupe. I’d keep the interior pretty free of wood too and hopefully find a balance between comfort and luxury. The idea would be for everything to be well-made and not necessarily draped in leather, Alcantara, wood and chrome.
That’s my idea. What brands would you like to see disinterred? Over to you.