The Alvis company of Coventry were motor and aero engineers who made some of the finest motor cars during the period 1920 to 1967 when car production stopped. There were independent coachbuilders left and mass production was t for Alvis. Total production was a mere 21,250 and less than 7,000 after World War 2. It is the post-war cars that this book focuses on. In 1996 the 50th Anniversary of the Alvis Fourteen was marked with a 220 page book compiled by Mick Fletcher and Colin Newby of the Alvis Owner Club, still available on DVD, which remains as relevant today as it was then. Twenty years later, the first chapter of this book is devoted to updating the history of the Fourteen with both archive and contemporary photos. The Fourteen's successor, the Three Litre, had a production run of seventeen years and the newest is w nearly fifty years old. The last book devoted to this model was Dave Culshaw's The Alvis 3-litre in Detail . The remaining chapters of this book build on technical and historical detail in that book with both archive and contemporary photos.
John Fox was born in Lincolnshire and at the age of 15 bought a half share on an Alvis Crested Eagle and joined the Alvis Owner Club in 1964. From 1983-9 he was the Registrar of the Alvis Owner Club, setting up a computer database and compiling Car Registers. During 2002-5 he restored the second Graber prototype TDU 810. In 2011 became a Trustee of The Alvis Archive Trust and set up the website www.alvisarchive.com. He is a Life Member of the Alvis Owner Club.