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334 HWR left the factory in Dark Green with Beige leather upholstery, Beige carpets and Cream headlining. The Alvis Two door Park Ward Saloon left the Coventry factory with the desirable 5 speed gearbox and was delivered to B. Waterhouse & Sons Ltd on Manningham Lane, Bradford on the 10th December 1962, being allocated with the West Yorkshire registration mark 334 HWR. This Alvis has been known to the Alvis Owners Club since 1975; then owned by a Mr Kilner of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
During the early 1990's, the Alvis left West Yorkshire is need of some restoration. The new owner, based in Scarborough then spent in the region of £10,000. The body was sandblasted, repaired and painted and a programme of mechanical work carried out. New parts included a clutch plate, clutch cover, rebuilt slave cylinder, new gearbox mounting, overhauled dynamo, new starter motor, stainless steel exhaust , new brake pads, handbrake pads, flexi hoses, water hoses, anti-roll bar bushes, rear springs and various other suspension pins and shackle rubbers. The engine oil was replaced, the spark plugs replaced and by 1999 the Alvis was ready to be MOT tested. The MOT test failed on the n/s/r light going out, indicator flashers too slow, wipers and washers not working and some loose nuts on the steering arms. Sadly, although the Alvis required so little to be back on the road for the first time since 1986, due to health reasons the car was left standing until 2011.
In 2011, the Alvis arrived with us here at West Knapton. First of all we replaced the battery, fitted new spark plugs, cleaned the contact breakers and set the tappets. The Alvis was then started and we checked the engine carrying out a compression and oil pressure test with good results. Having established the good mechanical condition, we then checked through the electrical system and made repairs as necessary. The Alvis was then placed in storage until 2012. During the summer of 2012 we had the Alvis stripped down and re-painted in the original Dark Green as the previous early 1990's paintwork had faded and was the incorrect shade of green. At this point, we sent front and rear bumpers, door handles, hinges, starting handle surround, hub caps, bonnet strip, boot trim, radiator shell and all 22 radiator slats for re-chroming. In total over £1200 has been spent on re-chroming. As the Alvis was being re-painted, we decided to replace front and rear windscreen seals, door seals, door glass channels and rubber kick plates. Once re-painted, the Alvis was built up and put in our workshop for some pre-MOT work. Brakes were cleaned as necessary, brake discs skimmed, four new shocker rubbers fitted and various other light re-commissioning work completed. The Alvis was then MOT tested and with the help of the Alvis owners club, has been re-allocated with its original registration mark 334 HWR.
The Alvis presents well with a stunning deep paint finish and beautiful chrome work. The window surrounds are still original but present well. The interior is very honest with the original cream headlining still in place. The original leather seats have aged with a nice patina. The seats are not perfect, but are over 50 years old, as are the original door cards, wood dash and cappings. A new carpet set has been fitted and lift the presentation of the interior. With the exception of the carpets and some previous re-conolising, the upholstery is totally original.
To conclude; this is a rare 5 speed Alvis Two door Park Ward saloon that is in totally original specification. The car comes with a good history from the past twenty five years and having had various restoration work since the early 1990's, it is now a good, solid, useable example that presents very well.