Works Racing Car No. 1 - registration HP 6161 - was the first of three racing cars
built at the Alvis factory in Coventry during 1923 using the new OHV engine from
what was to become one of the most iconic sports cars of the 1920’s – the 12/50.
The car was designed to be able to equal the world 1½ litre standing kilometer sprint
record of the day as well as being a mobile test bed for the development of the No.s
2 & 3 cars which went on to win the JCC 200 miles race at Brooklands later that year
– arguably the greatest racing triumph in the Marques’ history. Today, No.1 is the
sole survivor of the 1923 racers, and the earliest remaining example of Alvis’ involvement
in the sport.
This website is not only dedicated to this remarkable car, but also contains many
references to the history of the Marque and the people who created what were some
of the most innovative and enduring examples of British motoring excellence that
survive to this day.
Latest updates (17th August 2013):
A new email update facility has been added. If you would like to know when we add
new stuff to the site you can now receive notification by email. Click here to go
to the contact page. If you have your own pichtures of HP6161, maybe alongside your
own car at an event not shown here, please get in touch.