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Year: 1935

Manufacturer: Alvis

Model: 4.3 Sports Coupe by Bertelli

Country: UK

Alan Stote

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1935 Alvis 4.3 Sports Coupe by Bertelli

The chassis of this Alvis 4.3 Sports Coupé was prepared by the Alvis Works as a show chassis, and exhibited at the Paris Motor Show in October 1935 and again at the Scottish Motor Show the following month. Despatched to London agent Charles Follett Ltd in London on 31 March 1936, it was subsequently bought by Swedish racing driver Henken Widengren, who was notable for finishing fifth at the 1932 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Keen to have unique coachwork, Widengren commissioned a body by Bertelli Ltd, a Feltham, Middlesex coachbuilder that was owned by Enrico ‘Harry’ Bertelli, the brother of Aston Martin’s ‘Gus’ Bertelli. Together Widengren and Bertelli designed this stunning two-door Airline saloon. Upon the arrival of Alvis’s new 4.3-litre engine, the motor was brought up to similar specification and a higher-ratio rear differential fitted.

When war broke out in 1939, the car was put into storage until 1947, when it was bought by one Walter Lindquist. In 1953 it was purchased by Tommy H Brahmer from Rotebro, near Stockholm, who undertook an engine rebuild and repainted the bodywork in white over black. In 1955 the car was sold to artist Hans Fellenius, but unfortunately it was allowed to deteriorate. In 1969 Jarl Östensson fom Länghen, Sweden purchased it and began a slow restoration. It was then bought by the current owner in 2009, and has since been restored by Red Triangle to its current condition.

The Alvis Car Company now offers this breathtaking coachwork as one of the options on the new Continuation Series.


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