Lot 107 - 1968 Alvis TF21
|Odometer reading||137 miles|
|Result||Sold - £3,360|
The three litre, series IV, TF21 was the last car produced by Alvis cars. An updated version of the 1963 TE21 was announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966 and made until 1967. The body was a modified version of the TC108G styled by Graber of Switzerland but built by Mulliner Park Ward and was distinguished by having twin headlights mounted, one above the other, fixedhead coupé and convertible versions were available. The design was noted for its lack of bright side trim or creases moulded into the body parts and the windscreen was one-piece, curved and not too highly sloped. Externally, the car was identical to the TE21, but there were some changes to the suspension and, inside the car, the instruments were better organised. The 2993cc engine, first used in the 1950 TA21, had its power increased to 150bhp at 4750rpm by fitting triple SU carburettors giving the car a top speed of 120mph. A choice of automatic gearbox or a five-speed manual gearbox made by ZF was available.
This Alvis TF is thought to be the penultimate one ever built. The last registered keeper, the late Tom Poole was a very interesting man. He sadly lost his sight at the age of 11, however, that did not stop him from qualifying as a lawyer and he was called to the bar in 1966. Eventually his attention turned to music and in particular piano tuning setting up the Cambridge Pianolo Company in Cambridge. Tom’s other great passion was cars, he never let his loss of sight diminish his enthusiasm for owning cars and he purchased his first Alvis in 1968. PCH 617F was purchased by him some 40 years ago and stored in a barn. The current vendor purchased the Alvis from the estate some five years ago with a view to restoring the car to its former glory. However, time restraints and lifestyle have hindered the likelihood of this happening and he has decided to offer the car for sale. Whilst in need of a full and total restoration, this is a car with great historic value, particularly with Alvis aficionados and enthusiasts.
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