Lot 306 - 1949 12840 TA14 Special Roadster

Lot 306 - 1949 12840 TA14 Special Roadster

Lot 306 - 1949 12840 TA14 Special Roadster

Lot Number 306
Registration KXA966
Chassis Number 23412
Engine Number 23412
Estimate £6,000 - £8,000

Following the end of World War II, Alvis re-emerged with a revised range of passenger cars. They had been kept busy building military vehicles during the war so were able to revert to peacetime products fairly quickly. As with most other manufacturers, there was no time or money to develop new products; therefore the new TA14 was really a freshened-up model of the pre-war 12/70 which was first introduced in 1938, and the most obvious difference being the adoption of steel disc wheels in place of wires. Alvis had always sold well-built cars with sporting pretensions. The TA14 offered little in terms of real performance but did come well equipped and beautifully finished. The TA14 used an 1892cc, four cylinder engine and rigid axles at the front and rear. Although most TA14's were 'Sports Saloons' a few carried drophead coupé coachwork with some built by Tickford.

This interesting example appears to have had the chassis shortened and would be an excellent candidate for hill climb events. Having been dry stored for a number of years, the vendor has started the engine and we are assured she runs smoothly and quietly. The previous custodian of this TA14 has done a little investigating and it appears the body was by 'Sherwood Engineering' - although we have nothing to substantiate this; the Alvis Owners Club are of the opinion that this is likely to be the only such example in existence. A history file accompanies the Alvis together with a V5 registration document. Whilst in need of a little time and investment, this is an opportunity to purchase a unique Alvis for a modest outlay.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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