Lot 326 - 1959 Alvis TD21 Drophead Coupé
|Odometer reading||11,210 miles|
|Estimate||£55,000 - £65,000|
|Result||Sold - £50,000|
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 which was 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 was purchased from new by Judge D M Bevington and, although he has since passed away, his 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. It was subsequently bought by the second owner, John Dyas - sight unseen - from a small ad in The Sunday Times while he was stationed in Northern Ireland during the 'troubles'. It arrived with 73,000 recorded miles. In the subsequent summer months, the car was used mainly when the weather permitted, and also as the wedding car for his daughter in 1984. In fact the whole family enjoyed USK553 with frequent trips through the French and English countryside. In 1991, the car underwent an extensive restoration taking some nine months which included 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 the car 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 occasional classic rally undertaken. Over the last few years, the Alvis has sadly spent less time on the roads of England as the health of Mr. Dyas declined, but his son would speak to him in the hospice by telephone and he would listen as the car would be run up to temperature and be reassured that all was well. With over 37 years ownership by the second 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.
More recently, the current vendor has taken this now superb example to the next level and replaced the hood with a £4,200 Mohair unit, completely re-trimmed the interior and added new wire wheels all round. The upgrades go deeper however, with a full engine rebuild costing over £3,600. With a full MoT test certificate and comprehensive history file, this represents a truly magnificent example.
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