The Alvis Car and Engineering Company was formed after the conclusion of World War I and quickly gained a reputation for building attractive luxury cars fitted with many technological advancements. Styled by Swiss Carrosserie Graber and boasting coachwork manufactured by Rolls-Royce’s in house coachbuilder ‘Park Ward’, the Alvis TD 21 made its debut in 1958.
The design is simple, smooth, and elegant, with many features indicative of Park Ward’s style. The grill, with its vertical louvers, is similar to those found on Park Ward bodied Rolls-Royce or Bentleys of the same era. The headlamps extend slightly farther than the rest of the body and curve gracefully into the hood, another signature of Park Ward’s work. The rear quarter-panels, as they curve slightly away from the body, are also an iconic feature of the coachbuilder. In many respects this is similar to a Park Ward bodied Bentley S1 Continental, though sitting on a smaller wheelbase and different front fender designs.
The TD 21 initially retained the torquey 3-litre, overhead-valve six that came with 104 bhp , though this was increased early in 1959 to 120 bhp, courtesy of a new cylinder head and it was then capable of 100mph. Inside there were improvements to the accommodation with increased headroom and legroom when compared to the preceding TC108G, especially in the rear. Lockheed servo-assisted disc brakes were now an option, becoming standard in 1960. The TD 21 is a real “driver’s car.” The English magazine Autocar praised the TD 21 as “one of the most enchanting owner-driver cars imaginable.”
Only 784 TD21’s were built of which 192 were drophead coupes making this a very rare car indeed.
This car is supplied with a large file containing all documented provenance and history and has benfitted from care by marque specialists Red Triangle whilst in the UK. Finished in a dark metallic blue with contrasting light tan interior this car has been fitted with electric steering and is said to be an absolute delight to drive. The registration of the vehicle onto eNatis is underway and can be completed by the vendor at no additional cost.