Lot 215 - 1966 Alvis TF21 Drophead Coupé

Lot 215 - 1966 Alvis TF21 Drophead Coupé

Lot 215 - 1966 Alvis TF21 Drophead Coupé

Lot Number 215
Registration BRE 477D
Chassis Number 27449
Engine Number 27449
Odometer reading 65,641 miles
Estimate £75,000 - £95,000
  • A matching numbers example
  • Restored to a very good standard
  • Significant improvements carried out by the vendor

The Alvis Three Litre series IV, TF21, was the last car produced by Alvis cars. An updated version of the 1963 TE21, it was announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966 and manufactured 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 windshield 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. The chassis and suspension continued with its front coil springs and leaf springs at the rear.

Purchased by the vendor in 2005, he immediately commissioned a complete restoration by Just Classics of Rugby. The car presents beautifully in red with black leather trim and sits proudly on chrome wire wheels. During the restoration the very knowledgeable vendor had several modifications carried out to enhance the driving experience. These included the fitment of an alternator, Harvey Bailey torsion bars both front and rear, air conditioning and adjustable seats offering greater comfort. The car has enjoyed many long trips throughout Europe and is always well received wherever she appears. A good history file accompanies this drophead coupé confirming the extent and significant level of expense required to achieve a car as good as this. The TF21 was only in production for just over 18 months, with only seven drophead coupés manufactured with a manual gearbox, making this a very rare car. These quintessentially British motor cars drive with style and alacrity when required.  

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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