Alvis Racing Car No.1

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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.  Originally designed to capture the world quarter mile standing start sprint record, the car was used not only as a very competitive racer in sprint and hill climb events, but as 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 Marque’s 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.

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