Classic car ownership is not just about the pleasures of driving; there is a pleasure in the Heritage of the vehicle itself. With the earliest Alvis cars now approaching 100 year of age, there is considerable history in the machines and knowing that history is a key part of the ownership experience for many owners and also an important part of protecting the value of the car.
The AOC has been offering support for the heritage of Alvis cars for over 50 years. The information held on individual cars varies greatly; some are well documented and covered by pictures over the years, whereas others are known only as they were dispatched from the factory.
This is an ongoing task and we are in the process of building the Alvis Heritage Database. Every piece of information available on a car is saved for a future owner. The club has seen where cars have been passed between owners and where records built up by owners over the years have simply become lost. We are working to avoid that and through the Alvis Heritage Database provide a repository that owners can add to through the Model Secretary system. Each Alvis model has a specific Model secretary assigned to it to manage information on cars within that model.
Pick the Red Triangle to visit the Alvis Heritage Database
If you have a question about an Alvis you have seen or owned send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In December 1963 the club’s internal magazine, The Bulletin (No. 124) announced that Colonel Peter Hordern, Member 2242, would take on the office of Pre-war Car Registrar.
Peter Hordern was then the owner of SB Speed Twenty registered AXL 707. His researches were collated in the form of a ledger, which has thankfully survived, consisting of a list of Members cars, listed alpha-numerically by Registration number and cross-referenced back, where known to the Alvis "Car" number.
As the years have gone by, the club has continued to build on Peter Hordern’s initial work and the number involved has grown, so that each Model that Alvis produced now has its own Model Secretary.
Alvis and the DVLA
Nowhere is this more important and relevant than when the club is asked to support an owner in providing the evidence to DVLA for the return of an original number plate. Alvis cars have long attracted international ownership and cars which started their lives in the UK often left and enjoyed long periods outside the UK. When repatriated, owners naturally want the original historic registration and the club, using its accumulated records is able to work with the DVLA to achieve this in the majority of cases.
The AOC has experienced officers formally recognised and accredited by the DVLA, the Government body with responsibility for car registration. We have taken great care in building relationships with the responsible staff at DVLA in Swansea and are able to assist members in a number of ways, where our experience and the trust built up over time can lighten the burden and provide expertise trusted by the DVLA.
With quality classic cars now commanding higher prices than some years ago, the DVLA is being more searching than earlier in acknowledging an individual car’s provenance.
Enquiries fall largely into two categories.
In a twelve month period, the club typically assists in recovering over twenty original registrations, from each of the categories above, with reassurance to their owners that their car is properly recognised.
As ever, the club is keen to enhance the reputation of Alvis cars and their Owners.
Alvis Archive Trust
The Alvis Archive Trust was set up in 2002 by the AOC to act as a separate legal entity to hold and build upon the wider items of Alvis Heritage that had come into the club’s possession. Items held by the Trust range from drawings, catalogues and artefacts that relate to Alvis and its period as a manufacturer. While we are in the process of refining the central system much more information can be accessed on their site. Pick on the Red Triangle to visit Alvis Archive Trust
The Alvis Register is a club for owners, prospective owners and all those with an interest in one of the very best of all vintage sporting cars - The Alvis. There are a wide range of models made by Alvis in the vintage years with a variety of bodywork, from 2-seater sports cars and 2 and 4-seater tourers, to well-appointed saloons. The vintage Alvis is eminently usable on modern roads, and the Register provides outstanding support to today's fortunate owners. For Alvis Register members, the website will help you to derive maximum benefit from the services the Register offers. Pick the Red Triangle to visit the Alvis Register Web Site