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Friday, 23 February 2018

1961 ALVIS TD21 SERIES I- Brightwells Auctions Leominster Classic & Vintage Sale Wednesday 7th March 2018 Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0D

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Brightwells Auctions
Leominster Classic & Vintage Sale
Wednesday 7th March 2018
Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0D

Registration Number: VKU 990
Chassis Number: 26566
Engine Number: 26566

Launched in October 1958, the Graber-styled Alvis TD21 was an immediate success, the combination of a luxury interior, elegant bodywork and 100mph performance proving immensely attractive to the well-heeled clientele at which it was aimed.
The Motor described it as having "a Jeeves-like quality of responding to its master's whim" while Autocar praised it as "one of the most enchanting owner-driver cars imaginable," singling out the quality of the Park Ward coachwork with doors that "close with a majestic clunk - more like an air of finality than a noise."
Qualities that were no doubt appreciated by owners as august as the Dukes of Edinburgh and Windsor, Sir Douglas Bader and James Mason – all as quintessentially English as the car.
Powered by a torquey 120bhp straight-six engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox as standard, the car was capable of effortless high speed cruising and handled exceptionally well for such a stately machine. Just 1,069 TD21s were made before it was replaced by the TE21 in 1963.

This Series 1 TD21 was manufactured in 1961 and is known to the Alvis Owners Club. Initially supplied by Caffyns of Bradford, according to the vendor it may have been gold when new, although when he purchased the car in 1990 it was grey. The documents show two owners since 1984 when it appears the car was re-registered, presumably having been off the road.
It has the optional four-speed with overdrive gearbox affording relaxed high speed cruising and shows just over 74,000 miles from new. It has had various remedial works whilst in the vendor's care including front cross member chassis repairs in 1992, new inner and outer sills in 2000, cylinder head work in 2001 with various bills for these works and other maintenance through the 1990s and later on file. It also sports a stainless steel exhaust system.
It has been used rarely in recent years, mostly local trips and the odd show. Due to lack of storage it has spent some months exposed to the elements which has resulted in various areas of its lovely Park Ward body needing attention before this beauty can shine once again.

The vendor states that although the engine has run recently it is not currently possible to start the car. It appears that no fuel is being drawn from the tank, he thinks likely due to a blockage in the fuel line. He also informs us that the clutch master cylinder has failed although he has included a repair kit which will come with the car.
With good parts availability this is a viable and worthwhile project for an Alvis enthusiast. It comes with some history including old MOTs, bills and receipts for the work completed, lots of Alvis Owners Club magazines, books and paperwork which will aid in its recommissioning. There is also an original spare parts catalogue and owner's manual, SU carb manual, and an invaluable copy of The Motor Trader manual covering '59-'61 TD21 models - the nearest thing to a workshop manual available.
Altogether an exciting and worthwhile project at a very affordable estimate.



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