Lot 202 - 1953 Alvis TA21 Saloon
|Estimate||£2,500 - £4,000|
|Result||Sold - £1,187|
The Alvis TA21, sometimes called the 3-Litre, was produced between 1950 and 1953. It was the first all new Alvis to be produced after World War II. The car was available in four-door Saloon and Tickford drophead versions. The centre section of the body was carried over from the earlier TA14 with only minor changes but the engine and luggage compartments were new and accounted for the extra length. The front doors remained rear hinged and separate seats were fitted at the front, whilst the rear was a bench seat with fold down centre armrest. The saloon bodies were made for Alvis by Mulliners in Birmingham. The 2993cc engine was new and produced 83bhp fitted with a single Solex carburettor. Unusually, the engine incorporated timing gears at the rear of the cylinder block and a 7-bearing crank to increase smoothness. This was the first appearance of the engine that would power Alvis cars until the manufacturer retreated from passenger car production in 1967; although modifications, including increased compression ratios as higher octane fuels became available enabling the power output to be progressively raised, were introduced after 1953. Suspension was independent at the front using coil springs, with leaf springs at the rear. 11 inch drum brakes using a Lockheed system were also used; the first use of hydraulic operation by Alvis.
This 'barn find' Alvis TA21 was believed to have been used for the first 10 years of its life and then stored in a barn from 1963 where it remained until 2012. In completely original condition although in need of a total restoration, the car appears complete and offers the new owner the perfect Spring project to return this interesting Alvis to its former glory.
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