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The Alvis Firefly was introduced in 1932, based on the famous Speed 25 chassis with a four cylinder 12hp 1496cc overhead valve engine. YD 7867 is a very rare rare two seater with dickey seat with coachwork by Cross and Ellis of Coventry. This is one of only two similar but not identical bodies built on the Firefly chassis. It was delivered to Alvis agents Windmill & Lewis of Bristol on the 20th September 1933 and was allocated with a Somerset County Council registration mark.
YD 7867 comes with a comprehensive history file that confirms the car was exported to Washington State, USA in 1966. The Alvis spent 24 years in America and was repatriated to the UK in 1990. We have correspondence from Alvis during the 1960's, copies of Alvis build records, copy of the 'buff' logbook prior to export, U.S certificate of title and UK customs clearance from December 1990. We have invoices from Tim Walker Restorations for rebuild work between 1993 and 1994 totalling well in excess of £20,000. We have pages and pages of handwritten notes from the restorer, going into exceptional detail of all work carried out. The majority of work was mechanical and carried out to a very high standard. The engine was totally stripped down and rebuilt and the Alvis has been well maintained since. The last owner bought the Alvis in 2009 and has a collection of around 20 vehicles. The Alvis has not much recent use but has been covering a few hundred miles per year.
Being a relatively older restoration the Alvis has a fine patina. The paintwork has good quality deep finish and the chrome work is bright. The weather equipment may be old, but in good order and the leather upholstery delightfully original. The carpets are in good order and the dashboard lovely. This Firefly feels very strong mechanically with an excellent engine, new clutch, strong gearbox and very good handling and braking for a car of this era. This is a very rare, impressive pre war Alvis that offers exceptional value.