1959 Alvis TD 21

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1959
  • Mileage 
    562 mi / 905 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    26335
  • Engine number 
    26335
  • Lot number 
    595
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Blue
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16th and 30th July. Please contact Lionel on 07831 574381 / [email protected] to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail. The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment. An elegant, matching numbers TD21. Understated and quintessentially AlvisFirst registered in Jersey in 1959 coveringrelatively few miles early on in its lifeSubject toa ground-up/chassis-off body restoration in 1998 that costin excess of 30,000Now finished in a lovely Deep Blue with blue-piped cream leatherand silver wire wheelsMore recently the engine was rebuiltby Fields Engine Services,new radiator, lead-free conversionEntire electrical system replaced.All hydraulics and the braking system overhauledA genuine car thatwill need some minor recommissioning prior to useThe TD21 was conceived in 1956 and was quite a departure from the lovely, but rather 'post-war' TC21 however, on its arrival in dealer's showrooms, it quickly set about changing established views of the Alvis. Following the loss of coachbuilders Mulliner and Tickford (who were now tied to other companies), Alvis turned to the Swiss coachbuilder, Graber whose tradition of producing sleek, modern and very elegant saloons and dropheads proved a good fit in terms of the way Alvis saw their future. Graber first presented this new style to the Alvis board in late 1957 who were very impressed with the Swiss company's flowing design and commissioned the body to be built on the new TD chassis. To ease logistical problems, Park Ward of London, built the Graber designed bodies in the UK.TheAlvis Three Litre TD21Series I was producedbetween the end of 1958 and April1962and was powered by the TC's 2993cc engine, uprated by 15bhp to 115 as a result of an improved cylinder head design and an increased compression ratio. A new four-speed gearbox from theAustin-Healey 100/6 was incorporated, whilstthe suspension remained similar tothe car's predecessor, independent at the front using coil springs and leaf springs at the rear, but the track was increased slightlyand a front anti-roll bar added. From 1959 the all drum brake set up was changed to discs at the front retaining drums at the rear.This particular car was first registered in Jersey in 1959 and the history file reveals it covered relatively few miles early on in its life. By 1998 it needed a ground-up/chassis off body restoration costing in excess of 30,000 at the time! (all pictures available on file). Since then a rolling programme of maintenance has kept the car in good order until becoming part of the Anthony Hamilton Collection from which it is offered today. This maintenance over the intervening 25 years has included a complete engine rebuild by Fields Engine Services with a new radiator and lead-free conversion of the cylinder head. The rear springs have been replaced and the front suspension rebuilt. The entire electrical system has been replaced as well as all hydraulics and the braking system overhauled. Today it presents well and will need some minor recommissioning prior to use, but offers the basis of a genuine car today that will once again be a pleasure for someone to own and enjoy. It is after all an Alvis ~ which is a very special and traditional British experience.You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16thand 30thJuly. Please contact Lionelon 07831574381/[email protected] to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.