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1938 Alvis 12/70 Drophead Coupé

1938 Alvis 12/70 in Derby Day, Movie, 1952 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK

1938 Alvis 12/70 Drophead Coupé

Position 00:02:17 [*] Background vehicle

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yvon52 BE

2014-05-02 21:32

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Could this car be a 1934 Triumph?

nzcarnerd NZ

2014-05-03 01:47

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With the cross bar under the lights I think it might be a just-pre-war Lea Francis - maybe? If so a very rare car.

johnfromStaffs EN

2014-05-03 11:38

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nzcarnerd wrote With the cross bar under the lights I think it might be a just-pre-war Lea Francis - maybe? If so a very rare car.


To quote Sedgwick and Gillies: -

Lea-Francis 12hp/13hp Production 83 including 13hp Sports, 6-light saloon, 4-light saloon, drophead coupe, tourer, various specials. 1938 to 1940.

With two engines and all that body choice on a car that totalled 83 units, it's no wonder Lea-Francis found difficulty making cars profitably.

nzcarnerd NZ

2014-05-03 23:33

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John, do you agree with Lea Francis? This is the nearest to it I have found - http://losorigenes.net/marcas/lea_francis/images/lea_francis_12.9.jpg - and it doesn't have the same look along the running board area.

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dsl SX

2014-05-03 23:48

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I can't offer any knowledge of Lea-Fs, but that photo of FGJ 800 is the same as a b+w one in the Sedgewick & Gillies bible jfs often uses (although has been photo-shopped to take out background stuff). Agree there are differences - FGJ has a lower bumper so more roll on wings, plus a lower position door handle. Whether these are significant differences (plus possibly the hood shape??) are questions beyond my pay grade.

nzcarnerd NZ

2014-05-04 07:16

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Ok we will go with L-F and see if someone objects. I see the owners club has a contact us page. I might contact them to see if they have an opinion.

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johnfromStaffs EN

2014-05-04 09:33

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The picture is not very precise, presumably grainy shots did not matter so much for a film rather than a still. I'm not certain on Lea-Francis, nor am I certain that this is a Triumph Gloria, the radiator seems to be too far back between the front wheels. Also, just down the Holyhead Road in Coventry was a possible third contender to add to the conundrum. Could this be an Alvis 12/70? Total production 776, and I always like to get in a plug for the firm who paid my wages (not of sin!).

Link to "www.classic-auctions.com"

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nzcarnerd NZ

2014-05-04 10:12

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I heard back from the lfoc and yes there is some doubt that it is an L-F, particularly in relation to the headlight mounting. It would seem Alvis 12/70 would be more likely.

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