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CRU 81 was first registered on the 18th December 1936 and is the 19th Silver Crest made. Approximately 517 Silver Crests were completed before the bombing of 14th November 1940. Out of the 517 built, 255 were Holdbrook bodies of the four light type and 195 six light. This very rare car was registered new in Bournemouth and delivered via the Hartwells Agency to Sydney James Rees. With regards early history, we know from an old buff logbook the Alvis was with one owner in Christchurch, Hampshire for 22 years from 1948 to 1970. During the 1970's the Alvis was in Bournemouth, Chichester and later Wokingham. The Alvis then spent from 1978 to 2002 with one owner. MOT records show the Alvis was on the road through to 2006 and since then has had considerable expenditure but is now awaiting a final programme of work which we are happy to undertake if required.
This is a rather interesting opportunity as we are prepared to sell the Alvis in its current condition, we are also happy to discuss carrying out the required work. Bodily the Alvis is very strong with well presented nice older paintwork. Chrome work is bright, the wheels are in very good order and the upholstery is beautiful having being re-trimmed in leather to a very high standard. The seats are excellent, the carpets, headlining and door cards all very smart and the dashboard in very good order. What let's the car down in the mechanical condition and we are pleased to confirm we have the original engine for this car, that has been subject of a very recent rebuild with an Alvis specialist. We also have a correct gearbox ready to fit with the engine.
Many years ago a former owner fitted an Austin 3 litre engine and gearbox to the car, no doubt because it would have been more economical cost wise to do this rather than rebuild the original Alvis motor. The last owner, a member of the Alvis owners club board has managed to source the original unit and has paid for it to be rebuilt. If required, we can fit the original engine and fully prepare the car mechanically to include cleaning out the fuel tank, overhauling the brakes and basically carry out a re-commissioning programme of work. We have advertised the car at a price to sell the car as it, including the rebuilt engine (holding substantial value) being supplied with the car, but are happy to discuss carrying out the work at a sensible price in order for the Alvis to be put back into immediate use. The original engine has been treated to a rebuilt cylinder head, re-bored to 20" and main and big end bearings to 30". This is a very interesting, rare car and is a true collectors piece once out through the required programme of work.