Lot 22 - 1959 Alvis TD21 Drophead Coupé
|Odometer reading||110,000 miles|
|Estimate||£40,000 - £50,000|
|Result||Sold - £54,757|
Critics of the TC 108G liked its style and performance, but passenger and luggage accommodation were unsatisfactory. Accordingly the amalgamated firm of Mulliner Park Ward, by now a Rolls Royce subsidiary, was approached to redesign the body to meet with British market requirements. The result was the TD21 introduced late in 1958. Park Ward's redesign of the body retained a superficial resemblance to Hermann Graber's original, but allowed greater room, especially in the rear, and better luggage capacity.
The example offered here, is just a two owner car bought from the first and original owner, Judge D M Bevington by the vender, John Dyas from a small ad in The Sunday Times, sight unseen, while he was stationed in Northern Ireland during the 'troubles'. It arrived with 73,000 miles recorded. The original owner has since passed away but the daughter has fond memories of the car as she was allowed to choose the colour when they went to order it from the factory in 1959. In the subsequent summer months, the car was used mainly when the weather permitted, as well as the wedding car for the vendors daughter in 1984. In fact the whole family has enjoyed USK553 with frequent rips through the French and English countryside. In 1991, the car underwent an extensive restoration taking some nine months and including a full strip down, rebuild and re-paint. The brightwork was restored or replaced as necessary and the interior re-furbished. The engine and drivetrain were also overhauled and was finished off with new chrome wire wheels. She returned to the highways of Hampshire in the summer of 1993 resplendent in her new colour of Alice Blue. It was much used after the rebuild with the occasionally classic rally undertaken. Over the last few years, the Alvis has spent less time on the roads of England than it deserved, and indeed as the health of Mr. Dyas declined, his son used to speak to him in the hospice by telephone and he would listen as the car would be run up to temperature and reported to him that all was well. With over 37 years ownership by the last owner and a recent full restoration, this most elegant of examples comes complete with a fully documented history file and indeed won Best Alvis in the car park at the International Alvis Day at Bowood House in 1994. An extremely well cared for and usable Alvis.
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