The inception of Alvis in 1920 marked the beginning of a distinguished automotive legacy, with "AL" representing aluminum and "vis" embodying strength. Initially renowned for manufacturing aluminum pistons, Alvis ventured into automobiles with the groundbreaking 10/30hp model in 1920. The first Alvis, the 10/30hp, emerged in 1920, boasting a four-cylinder, side-valve engine, and a groundbreaking four-speed gearbox.
This car is a 1928 model with a supercharged 1.5-liter engine and an aluminum Tourist Trophy body. This supercharged 12/75 variant introduces front-wheel-drive innovation. Its robust four-cylinder engine, equipped with a single overhead camshaft and boasting a displacement of 1,482cc, powers the vehicle. Gear-driven essentials like the camshaft, magneto, and water pump, along with a detachable cylinder head, underscore Alvis's commitment to cutting-edge engineering. With an impressive 75bhp output, this car delivers phenomenal performance for a 1.5-liter vehicle.
The 1928 season stands as a testament to the success of the front-wheel-drive concept, with victories at Le Mans and a commendable 2nd place overall finish in the Tourist Trophy. Notably, a front-wheel-drive Alvis had already graced the racetracks in 1925, making its mark just two months before the Miller contested the Indianapolis 500.
The front-wheel-drive Alvis cars remained a rarity, with an estimated 155 examples, including prototypes and racers. The FD-series, produced between 1928 and 1931, saw only 39 units manufactured, and approximately 14 are known to have survived the passage of time.