Who We Are

Earley Engineering was founded in 1993 by Nick Simpson – an Alvis owner and enthusiast since 1960 – after some 20 years spent specialising in the repair and restoration of Alvis cars as an adjunct to his modern motor garage. A true family business, Earley Engineering is now owned and run by Nick’s son Alex and the office is managed by his daughter Marianne.

Earley Engineering has a traditionally trained, qualified and highly skilled workforce, some of whom have worked in the business for over 45 years, gaining extensive marque experience. Our services are backed up by an enormous Alvis technical archive collected over a period of fifty years by Nick who is also the Technical Advisor to the Alvis Owner Club.

Our world-wide reputation for engineering excellence and quality is demonstrated by the large number of successful mechanical rebuilds carried out at our workshops. Several of our clients have participated in national and international rallies with great reliability and success in Alvis cars prepared by us. They know our service is backed up by competitive pricing, excellent value and the highest quality. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in the amazing variety of rare Alvis cars entrusted to our workshops for attention.

Between 30 and 50 rare Alvis cars can be found in our workshops at most times. We have experience working on many types of coach work including saloons, racers, specials, sports and coupes by Charlesworth, Cross & Ellis, Vanden Plas, Tickford, Willowbrook and Mulliner. Almost all of our work is completed in-house including maintenance, engine rebuilds, mechanical modifications, updating service, ash framing, painting, trim work, mechanical fitting, tuning and machining. The excellent availability of Alvis parts makes the marque an attractive proposition for those who like to drive their cars long distances. We have accumulated an enormous stock of rare spare parts for the benefit of our regular clients, and have manufactured a small range of new precision-made components.

Director Alex Simpson is available most times to discuss your project – either by phone or appointment. Please call us to arrange a visit to our workshops.


Al PIC 1
Alex Simpson
Managing Director
Marianne PIC 2
Office Manager
Mervyn PIC 3
Engineer Mechanic
John PIC 4
Engineer Mechanic
Matthew PIC 5
Engineer Mechanic
Mike PIC 7
Design / CAD Engineer and Fabricator
Fabrication and Coachbuilding Technician
Coachbuilding Trainee


Alex and his team at Earley Engineering have just finished a complete chassis up rebuild on my 1939 Alvis Speed 25 SC Tourer. I had only previously purchased spares from Alex as and when required for my other Alvis’, these I always found were of excellent quality, often upgraded where necessary from years of research and development. So having visited Earley Engineering on these occasions I felt that Alex and his team could be the people for my next project. Having discussed it at length with Alex I felt happy that they would carry out the work to the high standard that I wanted. Now the car is completed and looking superb I look forward to running it in over the next few months. Needless to say Alex now looks after my other Alvis cars for the regular annual servicing along with any other issues that arise over the season.
After years of trailing vehicles across the country to be repaired, often to find faults once brought home again, it is a real pleasure to find a thoroughly competent garage within a few minutes of home who can always be relied on to do a good job. Not cheap, but then you get what you pay for, and what you get at Earley is a comprehensive service which does not stop at just doing what you have asked for, but also sometimes discovering items you maybe did not know needed attention, and dealing with those too… I certainly would and do recommend Earley.
Since using Earley they have improved the reliability and drivability of my car(s) suggesting options that are or might be needed.

I find Earley easy to work with, they have a very friendly and personable approach we have developed a trusting relationship that works really well.
Your management has a family-style, friendly but at the same time professional, approach to customers and your team has been with the company for many many years, they are very knowledgeable and competent, and it shows.
I am a new Alvis owner, so the friendly reassuring approach of Alex and his team was greatly appreciated; nothing was too much trouble.  I chose Earley Engineering as Alex had undertaken a having had a full survey prior the purchase of the car.

Recently a full inspection was carried out to establish the reason for water leak issues... at the same time I took the opportunity for a full service … Once road tests were completed, carburettors and ignition system were set up and fine-tuned. The Alvis was then cleaned and prepared for storage using the firm’s 7.5 ton covered transporter. I would not hesitate to recommend Earley Engineering to other Alvis owners.