Used Cars UK > Alvis > Speed 25 SC Charlesworth Sports Saloon (RHD)

Alvis Speed 25 SC Charlesworth Sports Saloon (RHD)


1939 3.5 Manual Raven Black

Alvis Speed 25 SC Charlesworth Sports Saloon (RHD) For Sale UK

Or find out how to finance Alvis with JBR Capital

DD Classics












Raven Black





1939 Alvis Speed 25SC Charlesworth Saloon (RHD)
Year: 1939
Colour: Raven Black
Transmission: Manual
Steering: RHD
Engine size: 3.5
Price: £89,950

1939 Alvis Speed 25 SC Charlesworth Sports Saloon (RHD)

  • The best example available for sale anywhere
  • Among the finest British cars of the pre-war era
  • Comes with extensive history files full of invoices, letters etc
  • Four-speed fully synchromesh gearbox
  • Triple-SU carburettors
  • Servo-assisted brake
  • Overdrive fitted by Red Triangle
  • Presents beautifully in Raven Black with Red Connolly leather interior
  • A fast, comfortable and incredibly useable pre-war classic

Alvis cars always held a reputation for excellent quality, performance and engineering and the Alvis Speed 25 is no exception. Launched in 1937, the 25 was the direct successor to the Speed 20 which was an incredibly well respected sports car, not to mention very advanced for the time period. Independent front wheels, servo assisted brakes and most crucially of all, the Speed 20 was the first ever car to feature a fully-synchronised gearbox. All of these features were of course carried over onto the Speed 25  which featured a 3 1/2 Litre Straight Six which in standard form was capable of 100mph, an astonishing feat for any car during the 1930s when ‘a mile a minute’ (60mph) was considered fast.

A testament to the excellence of the Speed models was a letter written by legendary ‘Bentley Boy’ Tim Birkin which was used by Alvis in advertising in which Birkin said “I have never driven a more delightful motor car.” The Speed 25 was and remains a phenomenal combination of speed, comfort and fine engineering. The car excelled in brake tests in contemporary magazine reviews and was also praised for its particularly excellent handling and road holding. All these qualities are still very much present today in the wonderful, 1939 Alvis Speed 25 SC we are proud offer to you.

Delivered new to Messrs Anderson Ltd on February 1st 1939, our 25 SC was fitted with the particularly elegant Charlesworth Sports Saloon Coachwork it retains today. The extensive history files, of which there are 4 numbered volumes, lists the majority of the car’s owners to the present day. Since over the last 60 years, the car has been primarily owned by passionate Alvis Owners Club members and has travelled the globe, living for a while at a French Chateau before moving to the USA where it remained until 1990 when it finally returned home to the United Kingdom. Of the several more AOC member owners which followed, its owner between 1991 and 2001 covered an astonishing 23,000 miles, no mean feat for a pre-war car, as it was used by its owner to cover the lengths of Europe and the United Kingdom. During this ownership, the Speed 25 also benefitted from a complete rebuild of the body, frame, interior, transmission, engine and mechanicals, including fitting a new high-compression cylinder head.

The last owner also made sure to thoroughly maintain the car and had Alvis specialists, Red Triangle rebuild the wheels, work on the braking system and most importantly, fit the car with an overdrive system, making the car fundamentally a 5-speed. As a result, this sleek, powerful sports saloon is incredibly useable, a stark contrast to the majority of pre-war cars, as evidenced by it covering several more continental trips before COVID. We have driven the car ourselves and know it is more than capable of maintaining high cruising speeds, making it a truly phenomenal, useable pre-war sports car that would put most of its contemporaries to shame.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire one of the loveliest examples extant of a Speed 25 Charlesworth saloon that has been fastidiously maintained and driven throughout its life by passionate enthusiasts and comes with an astonishing 4 volume history file to support this, along with spare parts for continental touring. Rarely does such a wonderful example of one of Britain’s finest pre-war cars become available, truly not to be missed!

Now available for viewing at the DD Classics Dealership in London, please call 0208 878 33 55 to book an appointment.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the above information but errors may occur. Please check with a salesperson.

Contact Seller

Alvis Speed 25 SC Charlesworth Sports Saloon (RHD) Car Finance Calculator

Relationship between JBR Capital Limited as lender and DD Classics as Introducer.

DD Classics are a credit broker and not a lender and for the purposes of this financial promotion act as an introducer to JBR Capital Limited. Should you ultimately purchase this vehicle then DD Classics will not charge you a fee for arranging finance. DD Classics will receive commission from us based on a fixed percentage of the amount you borrow.

Vehicles advertised on the Site:

JBR Capital Ltd does not own any vehicles featured for sale on this website, they have been taken from the online listings of UK selected dealers. It is your responsibility to ensure that you take the necessary steps to safeguard yourself prior to contacting any third-party seller or when pursuing a purchase of any vehicle that is listed on this site. JBR Capital Ltd cannot offer any assurances on the merchantable quality or availability of the vehicles shown.

Materials on the Site:

This website features vehicles and information provided by vehicle vendors. JBR Capital Ltd takes the vehicle data and photographs from dealer websites and has not verified or certified the specification or technical data listed. We strongly urge you to check ownership history, quality and fitness for purpose of any vehicle with the seller prior to purchase. The information provided is correct at the time of publication and may change. You are recommended to check all details prior to any commitment.


You might also like...