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Alvis revives a 71-year-old car

The Alvis Car Company gets ready to build its 4.3 Litre Alvis model, revived from a 1936 design.

1936 4.3 Litre Alvis
The 1936 4.3 Litre Alvis forms the basis for a new car.
1936 4.3 Litre Alvis
The 1936 4.3 Litre Alvis forms the basis for a new car from the revived company. Lars-Goran Lindgren; CC

In the Department of Unexpected Comebacks, we find this item: The Alvis Car Company, dissolved in 1968, has re-formed, and will reintroduce its 4.3 Litre Alvis model, last built before World War II.

The new company will show a chassis and engine at the upcoming Goodwood Revival in anticipation of the new vehicle it expects to build. The new car is based on the original 4.3 Litre model, which Alvis claims was the fastest non-supercharged car before World War II. The company says it will use the original specifications, but update the vehicle with modern materials and engine management, bringing in direct injection, for example.

The original used an inline six-cylinder engine, and at 4.3 liters of displacement, it will be bigger than BMW's current inline six cylinder engine.

Alvis has not shown body styling yet, but as the company says it will be faithful to the original engine design, we assume it will also create a body similar to the 1936 model from which it draws inspiration.

Alvis isn't the first British carmaker to stage this sort of comeback. Morgan Motor Cars launched the Aero 8 in 2001 after a 53-year hiatus.