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Alvis Speed 20 Tourer 1932

Alvis Speed 20 Tourer 1932

Belem, Lisbon, Portugal

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Alvis cars were produced by the manufacturer Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd of Coventry, United Kingdom from 1919 to 1967. The company also produced aero-engines and military vehicles, the latter continuing long after car production ceased.


The original company, TG John and Co. Ltd., was founded in 1919. Its first products were stationary engines, carburettor bodies and motorscooters. The company’s founder T.G. John was approached by Geoffrey de Freville with designs for a 4-cylinder engine with aluminium pistons and pressure lubrication, unusual for the period. Some have suggested that de Freville proposed the name Alvis as a compound of the words "aluminium" and "vis" (meaning "strength" in Latin) although de Freville himself vigorously denied this theory. Perhaps the name was derived from the Norse mythological weaponsmith, Alvíss, but the true origin is unknown.

The first car model, the 10/30, using de Freville’s design was an instant success and set the reputation for quality and performance for which the company became famous. Following complaints from the Avro aviation company whose logo bore similarities to the original winged green triangle, the more familiar inverted red triangle incorporating the word ‘Alvis’ evolved. In 1921, the company changed its name and became the Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd. and moved production to Holyhead Road, Coventry where from 1922 to 1923 they also made the Buckingham car.

In 1923 Captain GT Smith-Clarke joined from Daimler as Chief Engineer and Works Manager and was soon joined by WM Dunn as Chief Draughtsman. This partnership lasted for 25 years and was responsible for producing some of the most successful products in the company’s history.
The original 10/30 side-valve engine was developed progressively becoming by 1923 the famous overhead-valve 12/50, produced until 1932 and one of the most successful vintage sports cars of all time. Exhilarating performance and rugged reliability meant that around 350 of these 12/50 hp cars and 60 of the later (and latterly concurrent) 12/60 hp survive today representing some 10 percent of total production.

1927 saw the introduction of the six-cylinder 14.75 h.p. and this engine became the basis for the long line of luxurious six-cylinder Alvis cars produced up to the outbreak of war. Not only were these cars extremely elegant but they were full of technical innovations. Independent front suspension and the world’s first all-synchromesh gearbox came in 1933 followed by servo assisted brakes. A front wheel drive model was introduced (from 1928 to 1930), a model bristling with innovation with front wheel drive, in-board brakes, overhead camshaft and, as an option, a Roots type supercharger.

Smith-Clarke designed remarkable models during the 1930s and 1940s — including the handsome, low-slung six-cylinder Speed 20, the Speed 25 (considered by many to be one of the finest cars produced in the 1930s) and the 4.3 Litre model. As with many upmarket engineering companies of the time Alvis did not produce their own coachwork relying instead on the many available Midlands coachbuilders such as Cross and Ellis, …

Riley Brooklands 1930

Riley Brooklands 1930

Belem, Lisbon, Portugal

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Riley was a British motorcar and bicycle manufacturer from 1890. The company became part of the Nuffield Organisation in 1938 and was later merged into British Leyland: late in 1969 British Leyland announced their discontinuance of Riley production, although 1969 was a difficult year for the UK auto industry and so a number of cars from the company’s inventory are likely to have been first registered only in 1970.[2]
Today, the Riley trademark is owned by BMW.

Riley Cycle Company

Riley began as the Bonnick Cycle Company of Coventry, England. During the pedal cycle craze that swept Britain at the end of the nineteenth century, in 1890, William Riley Jr. purchased the company and in 1896 renamed it the Riley Cycle Company.[2] Later, cycle gear maker Sturmey Archer was added to the portfolio. Riley’s younger son, Percy, left school in the same year and soon began to dabble in automobiles. He built his first car at 16, in 1898, secretly, because his father did not approve. It featured the first mechanically operated inlet valve. By 1899, Percy Riley moved from producing motorcycles to his first prototype four-wheeled quadricycle. Little is known about Percy Riley’s very first "motor-car". It is, however, well attested that the engine featured mechanically operated cylinder valves at a time when other engines depended on the vacuum effect of the descending piston to suck the inlet valve(s) open. That was demonstrated some years later when Benz developed and patented a mechanically operated inlet valve process of their own but were unable to collect royalties on their system from British companies; the courts were persuaded that the system used by British auto-makers was based the one pioneered by Percy, which had comfortably anticipated equivalent developments in Germany.[2] In 1900, Riley sold a single three-wheeled automobile. Meanwhile the elder of the Riley brothers, Victor Riley, although supportive of his brother’s embryonic motor-car enterprise, devoted his energies at this stage to the core bicycle business.[2]

Company founder William Riley remained resolutely opposed to diverting the resources of his bicycle business into motor cars, and in 1902 three of his sons, Victor, Percy and younger brother Alan Riley pooled resources, borrowed a necessary balancing amount from their mother and in 1903 established the separate Riley Engine Company, also in Coventry.[2] A few years later the other two Riley brothers, Stanley and Cecil, having left school joined their elder brothers in the business.[2] At first, the Riley Engine Company simply supplied engines for Riley motorcycles and also to Singer, a newly emerging motor cycle manufacturer in the area,[2] but the Riley Engine Company company soon began to focus on four-wheeled automobiles. Their Vee-Twin Tourer prototype, produced in 1905, can be considered the first proper Riley car. The Engine Company expanded the next year. William Riley reversed his former opposition to his sons’ preference for motorised vehicles and Riley Cycle halted motorcycle production in 1907 to focus on automobiles.[2] Bicycle production also ceased in 1911.

In 1912, the …

Alpine Renault

Alpine Renault

Motorclássico, FIL, Parque das Nações, Lisbon, Portugal

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Alpine (French pronunciation: ​[alpin]) was a French producer of racing and sports activities cars that used rear-mounted Renault engines.
Jean Rédélé (1922 – 2007), the founder of Alpine, was at first a Dieppe garage proprietor, who began to obtain significant level of competition results in a single of the couple of French cars manufactured just after Environment War two. The enterprise was bought in 1978 by Renault.

Historical past

Early days
Employing Renault 4CVs, Rédélé received course wins in a amount of big situations, which includes the Mille Miglia and Coupe des Alpes. As his working experience with the very little 4CV created up, he incorporated lots of modifications, which includes for case in point, specific five-speed equipment packing containers replacing the primary three-speed unit. To present a lighter car he created a amount of specific variations with light-weight aluminium bodies: he drove in these at Le Mans and Sebring with some results in the early nineteen fifties.

Encouraged by the advancement of these cars and consequent buyer demand, he launched the Société Anonyme des Cars Alpine in 1954. The firm was named Alpine after his Coupe des Alpes successes. He did not realise that around in England the previous 12 months, Sunbeam experienced introduced a sports activities coupe derived from the Sunbeam Talbot and known as the Sunbeam Alpine. This naming trouble was to cause issues for Alpine during its record.

Mentor Alpine A106 Mille Milles 1955 (To start with alpine).

In 1955, he labored with the Chappe brothers to be among the pioneers of vehicle glass fibre design and manufactured a modest coupe, based mostly on 4CV mechanicals and known as the Alpine A106. It used the system chassis of the primary Renault 4CV. The A106 achieved a amount of successes via the nineteen fifties and was joined by a lower and trendy cabriolet. Styling for this car was contracted to the Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti. Below the glassfibre physique was a pretty rigid chassis based mostly on a central tubular spine which was to be the hallmark of all Alpines created.

Alpine A110 Berlinette (1962-1967).

Alpine then took the Michelotti cabriolet design and style and created a two+two shut coupe (or ‘berlinette’) physique for it: this became the Alpine A108, now featuring the Dauphine Gordini 845 cc engine, which on afterwards versions was bored out to give a capability of 904 cc or (subsequently) 998 cc.[one] The A108 was created involving 1958 and 1963.


In 1962, the A108 started to be manufactured also in Brazil, by Willys-Overland. It was the Willys Interlagos (berlineta, coupé and convertible).

Willys Interlagos Berlineta, the Brazilian A108
By now the car’s mechanicals ended up commencing to show their age in Europe. Alpine ended up presently doing work carefully with Renault and when the Renault R8 saloon was introduced in 1962. Alpine redeveloped their chassis and made a amount of slight physique alterations to enable the use of R8 mechanicals.

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Triumph TR4 A

Triumph TR4 A

Belem, Lisbon, Portugal

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The Triumph TR4 is a athletics car created in the United Kingdom by the Common Triumph Motor Organization and introduced in 1961. Code named “Zest” through growth, the car was primarily based on the chassis and drivetrain of the preceding TR athletics cars, but with a fashionable Michelotti styled human body. forty,253 cars have been created through production years. The TR4 proved quite profitable and continued the rugged, “furry-chested” image that the preceding TRs had relished.

The new TR4 human body design and style did away with the classical cutaway door style of the preceding TRs to allow for for wind-down (roll-up) home windows (in spot of a lot less practical side-curtains), and the angular rear allowed a boot (trunk) with sizeable potential for a athletics car.

State-of-the-art capabilities included the initially use of adjustable fascia ventilation in a production car and the alternative of a exclusive tough top that consisted of a fastened glass rear window (called a backlight) with an integral rollbar and a detachable, steel centre panel (aluminium for the initially 500 models). This was the initially these types of roof procedure on a production car and preceded by five years the Porsche 911/912 Targa, which has given that turn out to be a generic identify for this design and style of top.

On the TR4 the rigid roof panel was replaceable with an effortlessly folded and stowed vinyl insert and supporting body called a Surrey Best. The entire tough top assembly is often mistakenly referred to as a Surrey Best. In authentic manufacturing facility components catalogues the rigid top and backlight assembly is stated as the Tough Best package. The vinyl insert and body are presented individually as a Surrey Best.

Features these types of as wind-down home windows have been viewed as a needed action forward to meet up with opposition and attain excellent sales in the critical US market place, wherever the extensive vast majority of TR4s have been finally sold. Dealers had considerations that buyers may well not thoroughly take pleasure in the new amenities, for that reason a exclusive brief run of TR3As (normally called TR3Bs) was manufactured in 1961 and ’62.
As of Q1 2011 there have been close to 739 accredited and 138 SORN TR4s registered with the DVLA.


The pushrod 4-cylinder motor primarily based on the early style of the Ferguson tractor motor, was continued from the before TR2/3 styles, but the displacement was greater from 1991 cc to 2138 cc in the TR4 by escalating bore sizing. Gradual enhancements in the manifolds and cylinder head allowed for some enhancements culminating in the TR4A product. The 1991 cc motor became a no-price tag alternative for people cars destined to race in the beneath-two-litre courses of the working day. Some cars have been equipped with vane-style superchargers, as the three primary bearing motor was liable to crankshaft failure if revved further than six,500 rpm superchargers allowed a TR4 to generate significantly a lot more …