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Argyll

'Alvio' car?

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Can anybody point me in the direction of information on this American car, the Alvio, and/or its designer G P H de Freivello please? The only information I have is it was designed perhaps about the 1920's.

I have been singularly unsuccessful in finding anything about the car or the man and I'm hoping folks here might be able to suggest a lead.

Any assistance would be much appreciated, Argyll. wink.gif

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Argyll, Double check the spelling, no car is listed with that name in The Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942.

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It doesn't appear in the comprehensive list of manufacturers in <span style="font-style: italic">American Cars since 1775</span> either.

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Thanks guys.

How interesting - like yourselves I've drawn a complete blank with regard to the vehicle or the designer.

At the moment I'm working with the detailed catalogue Glasgow University sent me, so as you say it may be a typographical error on their part. However I'm visiting the University Archive Dept. on Wednesday to personally inspect the specific archive where the information came from.

The strange thing for me is I can't even find a single patent with the man's name or the vehicle. You'd think a designer, especially in the 1920's when vehicle technology was hot property would have at least one patent to his name - but of course, that's an assumption on my part.

Thanks once again in taking the time to check out your books, it is appreciated. Argyll.

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Well I visited Glasgow University's archive yesterday and sure enough it was a typo in the catalogue's brief details!

After reading the letter is wasn't an "Alvio" it was an "Alvis" - a British motor car and G P H de Freivello was a designer involved with one of the Alvis marques. The American link was he was writing to the originator of the archive in the 1920's offering his services to sell the manufacturing rights of the originators engine to the US motor industry.

My apologies to those who took the time to respond and it has taught me something - never trust 100% what you read until you see the primary source for yourself.

All that said the visit was hugely useful and I discovered one or two facts that I don't think anybody knows about ...... yet! smile.gif

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