Lot 246 - 1961 Alvis TD21 Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||75,122 miles|
|Estimate||£16,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,720|
The Alvis TD21 was built between 1958 and 1963 and was an updated version of the TC which was liked for 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 re-design the body to meet with British market requirements. The result was the TD21 which was introduced late in 1958. Park Ward's re-design of the body retained a superficial resemblance to Hermann Graber's original but allowed greater room; especially in the rear and better luggage capacity. A car with manual transmission was tested by the British magazine, The Motor, in 1960 and had a top speed of 103mph and could accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 13.5 seconds. A fuel consumption of 20.2 miles per gallon was recorded and cost £2,827 including taxes.
This beautiful example of the TD21 is finished in Burgandy with sumptuous beige leather interior and excellent wood dash. Originally sold to the UK, where it resided for much of its life, it was purchased in 1998 by a French owner, Mr. Goris, who took very good care of the coupé which can be demonstrated by the comprehensive history file. The car was then sold to a wealthy French tycoon, Mr. Jacques Chevalier, who used the car purely at his holiday home in the south of France. This lovely and well maintained example has recently been repatriated and undergone a good cosmetic restoration. We are informed the engine is running well and drives as it should. This is a fantastic opportunity to own a quintessential English classic, in beautiful condition and offered with an MoT test certificate valid until May 2016 and original parts catalogues. This example is currently French registered but is NOVA approved and applying for a UK V5 would be a formality which we could assist with if required.
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