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Lot 128 - 1960 Alvis TD21 Drophead Coupe

£70,000 restoration

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££63,400

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2015
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Lot Number 128
Reg. Number YLC 295
Chassis Number 26208
Year 1960
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The name Alvis was always synonymous with craftsmanship and performance, and the final models produced by this very British manufacturer were no exception. When production of the 3-litre cars ended in 1954 that might have been the end of Alvis cars for good had it not been for Swiss coachbuilder Graber, who for some time had successfully re-bodied Alvis chassis with his own elegant and modern designs. In 1953 Alvis reached an agreement to build the Graber cars under licence; Loughborough coachbuilder Willowbrook built the first model, the TC108G, but it was expensive and only seventeen examples were built in three years. Production ceased in 1957 when Alvis, having bought the Graber rights two years earlier, struck a deal with Park Ward to build the cars at a more reasonable cost.

The resultant new TD21 was announced in October 1958, benefiting from a strengthened chassis, sharp styling and increased interior space. It received excellent press, Autocar calling it “one of the most enchanting owner-driver cars imaginable”. Initially power output was 104bhp, increasing to 115bhp for 1959 cars from the straight 6 engine. A Series II version was launched in July 1962, distinguishable by slightly reworked panels, recessed fog lamps in place of the air vents and aluminium door frames, while all round disc brakes became standard, as did a five speed ZF gearbox. Wire wheels could be specified, also reclining seats and a Borg Warner automatic transmission, as fitted to this fine example.
Registered new in 1960, this lovely TD Drophead Coupe has been with the current owner for eighteen years. During that time it has enjoyed a continual and extensive program of restoration and improvement, supported by a file of receipts totalling over £70,000. Much of the restoration work was undertaken by specialists Foundry Classics of Surrey, and latterly Alvis marque experts Red Triangle. This is supported by a substantial record of invoices dating back to the mid-1990s. The restoration was highly detailed, with attention given to the chassis, mechanicals and bodywork, as well as a complete repaint; much work has also b een done on the chrome and interior trim work.

Finished in the stunning colour scheme of ice blue metallic with a contrasting navy blue leather interior, this is a very well sorted Alvis, on the button and ready for a summer’s touring in the UK and abroad.

Supplied with a current MoT certificate and UK V5 document, this is amongst the finest examples we have seen, and suitable to grace any collection.

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