Alvis Firebird

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Alvis Firebird
An ALVIS tourer in Braemar Castle car park - geograph.org.uk - 1435956.jpg
4-door sports tourer by Cross & Ellis December 1934
Overview
Manufacturer Alvis
Production 1935–1936
449 made
Body and chassis
Class sporting chassis, bodied to suit owner's requirements
Body style Tourer, coupé or saloon
Powertrain
Engine 1842cc Straight-4
Dimensions
Wheelbase 118.5 in (3,010 mm)[1]
Length 173 in (4,394 mm)[1]
Width 64 in (1,626 mm)[1]

The Alvis Firebird was a British touring car made between 1935 and 1939 by Alvis Ltd in Coventry.

Developed from the Alvis Firefly, 449 Firebirds were produced, as a two-door Tourer, a 2+2 sports tourer, a two-door drophead Coupé, and a four-door Saloon.[2]

Powered by an 1842 cc 4-cylinder overhead-valve Alvis engine, it had an aluminium body on an ash wood frame. As with other Alvis cars, the Firebird was built as a rolling chassis then sent to the coachbuilders Cross & Ellis, to be finished to the customer's requirements, so all Alvis Firebirds are different.[3] The Firebird had an all-synchromesh gearbox, and the chassis was lubricated by grease nipples under the bonnet.[4]

In 1939 World War II halted Alvis car production to make aircraft engines, and a German Luftwaffe bomb destroyed the Alvis car factory in 1940.[5]

4-door sports saloon, 1935

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Culshaw; Horrobin (1974). Complete Catalogue of British Cars. London: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-16689-2. 
  2. ^ "Alvis Firebird". Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Alvis". Archived from the original on 31 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  4. ^ "The Firefly and Firebird". Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  5. ^ "Alvis cars - clever drophead coupes and saloons". Retrieved 2008-08-10. 

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