Early vintage cars didn’t have front brakes and Alvis didn’t fit them on the 12/50
until 1924 (and then it was only an optional extra). With fewer cars on the road
and (generally) low speeds this wasn’t considered a problem, but with the sporting
nature of the lightweight 12/50 it soon became apparent that a more robust approach
to halting forward progress was required. In the case of No.1 they were never fitted
as standard and whilst Robert Wicksteed contemplated it briefly, the arguments about
originality and compromising the very precise and light steering afforded by an unbraked
front axle eventually carried the day.
Fitting new linings is a relatively simple affair; although, as ever, a few surprises
were uncovered during the process.
Click on the thumbnails below to expand each stage of the job.