Firm based in Coventry, Alvis is one of the most famous brands of English twenties. Its inventors are Thomas George John, who had founded 19 19 factory motorcycles and automobiles TG John Ltd, and Geoffrey of Freville, a former collaborator Bentley brothers who had designed for the company DFP Aluminum pistons, which bore the name of Alvis.
Their first creation is a cart 10/30 hp four-cylinder 1460 cm3 in two or four seats and Super Sport.
In 1921, TG Smith, hired as chief engineer, and W.M. Dunn design a 12/50 hp engine quieter and more powerful. It equips patterns of tourism in version 1598 cm3 and the Super Sport in 1496 cm3: it is capable of reaching ll3km / h.
In 1926, Alvis reduced the price of its models, equips all cars brakes front and exited a small six-cylinder 1870 cm3, 14/75, replaced in 1929 by Silver Eagle in 2148 cm3, which are also in short version.
In 1933, Alvis Firely the fate of 1.5 liter and Crested Eagle 2511 cm3, the first Alvis tourism to possess a independent suspension at the front by a single spring leaf cross, both equipped with a gearbox Wilson.
At the eve of the war, Alvis 12/70 presents the worthy heir to the 12/50, and begins to manufacture aircraft engines.
In 1965, Rover acquires the majority shareholder of the company and in summer 1967, Production of passenger cars is stopped.