Lot 259 - 1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupé by Tickford
|Odometer reading||36,564 miles|
|Estimate||£19,000 - £23,000|
The Alvis type TA21 was announced in 1950, looking much like its TA14 predecessor but featuring independent front suspension and a new, overhead-valve, six cylinder, three litre engine. Styled along classic, pre-war lines, the Three Litre was reckoned by Autocar magazine to appeal to 'discerning owners who appreciate quality and good handling as well as performance.' Additions to the range of models were not long in coming; a sports two-seater and a Tickford bodied two-door drophead coupé being announced for the 1951 season. The introduction of open-top models was calculated to boost sales in the United States market where Alvis was beginning to make an impact. Perhaps the best thing about it is that many of the handling characteristics of the sportscar have been built into the chassis which, combined with a low centre of gravity and a reasonable amount of space, make this fine car something of a compromise suited to those who want both family car and sportscar features all in one.
Whilst in the previous ten year ownership of a long term Alvis enthusiast, this TA21 Tickford Drophead Coupé was the subject of much attention and expenditure to bring it up to its present good, reliable and usable condition. It is fitted with a TD21 engine unit coupled to a gearbox with overdrive on the third and top gears. Other mechanical improvements include the installation of electronic ignition, a steering and front suspension overhaul, a cylinder head conversion to unleaded and the fitting of a new radiator. The gearbox (with the overdrive) and the engine have also been rebuilt, covering some ten thousand miles since and the braking system has been fully checked and a new master cylinder fitted. The chassis rear sections have been professionally repaired and a new boot floor and support fitted. The coachwork has undergone 'major surgery': corroded panels and sections have been cut away and replacements fabricated, the doors have been rebuilt and re-timbered as required, the left-hand engine compartment closing panel cut out and replaced and beautifully remade aluminium rear wing panels and wheel spats by MPH Motor Panels fitted. A complete re-spray followed this work in burgundy over ivory. Most of the bright work has been re-chromed and the interior is good but the upholstery could be improved upon. The comprehensive history file contains a photographic record of the restoration, a record of maintenance from 2003, several old road tax discs, a large quantity of invoices, the handbook, the buff log book and the V5C registration document. This Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupé is in good condition and is very well 'sorted'; an example with excellent reliability and performance which has been thoroughly enjoyed on several continental rallies and tours.
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