Mittwoch, 13. August 2014

Ein Alvis...

Endlich mal wieder ein klassischer Alvis auf dem Block, bei Bonhams, im sonnigen Beaulieu. Zwar das "einaugige" Modell TD21, aber halt immer noch eine Luxuslimousine, ähnelt mit seinem voluminösen Innenraum dem Facel Vega...

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1961 Alvis TD21 Saloon
Coachwork by Park Ward Ltd Registration no. 287 BGN Chassis no. 26536 Engine no. 26536
£28,000 - 34,000
CHF 43,000 - 52,000

1961 Alvis TD21 Saloon
Coachwork by Park Ward Ltd

Registration no. 287 BGN
Chassis no. 26536
Engine no. 26536


  • The first production Alvis to be styled by Swiss carrossier Graber appeared at the Paris Motor Show in October 1955. Based on the existing TC21 Grey Lady chassis, the newcomer brought a much-needed injection of Continental style and modernity to the Coventry manufacturer's range. Lighter, stiffer and with a much smaller frontal area than the traditionally styled Grey Lady, the Graber Alvis enjoyed much improved handling and a higher maximum speed in excess of 100mph. The first Graber-styled model - the TC108G - was built by coachbuilders Willowbrook, before production switched to Rolls-Royce's in-house coachbuilder Park Ward on the introduction of the re-styled TD21 for 1959. The TD21 retained Alvis's torquey, 3.0-litre, overhead-valve six, which in up-rated form (from March 1959 onwards) produced 120bhp courtesy of a redesigned cylinder head. With its increased power, this under-stressed engine proved capable of propelling the TD21 to a top speed of 103mph while turning over at a lazy 5,000 revs. Inside, there were improvements to the accommodation, with increased headroom and legroom, especially in the rear. Lockheed servo-assisted disc brakes were an option, becoming standardised for 1960. The Motor magazine remarked on the Alvis's exclusivity and individuality of character, summing up the TD21 thus: "As a perfectly serviceable everyday car with extra 'chic', extra performance, and high standards of comfort and safety, its appeal to a select but important clientele should be strong."

    This manual transmission model was supplied new in the UK via Brooklands of Bond Street and comes with its original order form. The accompanying extensive history file also contains bills relating to its restoration in 2010 and a condition report compiled by marque specialists Red Triangle in September 2013. Finished in blue with beige leather interior, the car is described as in generally excellent condition and offered with current MoT/tax and V5 registration document. The provision of power steering is the only notified deviation from factory specification.

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