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Lot 378: Alvis TA21 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (30 April 2012)

Alvis recommenced production after WW2 with a range considerably reduced from that available in 1939, there being only one model on offer: the TA14. The latter had first appeared in 1938 as the 12/70, the most obvious difference being the adoption of steel disc wheels in place of wires on the TA14. An uncomplicated, separate-chassis design, the TA14 was powered by an overhead-valve four-cylinder engine of 1,892cc and featured beam-axle front suspension and mechanical brakes. The gearbox was a synchromesh four-speeder, and with 65bhp available the TA14 was good for 75mph. Looking much like its TA14 predecessor but featuring coil-sprung, independent front suspension and a new, overhead-valve, six-cylinder engine, the otherwise mechanically similar 3-Litre Alvis - type TA21 - was announced in 1950. Styled along classic, pre-war lines, the 3-Litre was reckoned by Autocar magazine to appeal to 'discerning owners who appreciate quality and good handling as well as mere performance.' Not that the TA21 was lacking in the latter, comfortable cruising at 70mph and maximum speed of better than 85mph being reported. Additions to the range were not long in coming, a sports two-seater and Tickford-bodied two-door drophead coupe being announced for the 1951 season. We are advised that this Alvis TA21 was in the preceding owner's possession for well over 30 years and was maintained by the same individual for all that time. The current owner acquired the car around 4-5 years ago. Previously black but now finished in white with tan leather interior, the car is described as in generally good condition but is sold strictly as viewed. Accompanying documentation consists of an old-style logbook, Swansea V5 document registration document and a good history file containing sundry invoices. It should be noted that the fuel gauge is missing.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, The Royal Airforce Museum, London, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number378
Estimate£6000-£9000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£7500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£8625
Year1952
Condition rating3
Registration numberMXM 988
Mileage-
Chassis number24733
Engine number24733
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4