British car maker Alvis has announced that it will be launching new TF21 continuation models at the London Classic Car Show.
One of Britain’s most beloved marques is back in production – 50 years after it ceased manufacturing. The Alvis Car Company recently started taking orders for its line of continuation models, and will be showcasing some of its greatest cars at the London Classic Car Show
later this month.
The Coventry-based company will be recreating genuine supercars from an earlier age, rather than attaching its triangular red badge onto anything remotely modern. The latest Alvis
to be announced is the 1966 Graber-bodied TF21, made in the company’s penultimate year. It will be displayed alongside a 4.3 drophead coupé with Lancefield coachwork from 1937. The cars are originals but Alvis is offering hand-built facsimiles of both as part of a limited run of continuation models.
The Graber and Lancefield cars can be seen and heard in action as they will be taking part in one of the show’s major displays – The Perfect Ten. This display features sixty of the world’s greatest classic cars in ten categories – saloon, coupé, convertible, sports car, supercar, hatchback, shooting break, sports racer, streamliner and single-seater, all of which will be paraded along The Grand Avenue, an automotive catwalk that runs through the centre of the show.SEE RELATED: London Classic Car Show ready for action
Richard Joyce, managing director of The Alvis Car Company, said: ‘Our Continuation Cars are as close to the originals as we can get. We have had to make some modifications to ensure they comply with current Individual Vehicle Approval regulations but essentially the idea is to give owners the same supercar driving experience that owners had when the cars were new. And when you bear in mind that the 4.3 Tourer had a 0-60mph time of 11.3 seconds back in 1938, there’s no denying these were the supercars of their day.’
Alvis is just one of the many historic marques that will be featured at the show. Ferrari will also have a strong contingent at the ExCeL-based show. These road cars – with a collective estimated value of £120 million – is being curated with the help of London-based performance car expert Joe Macari.
But that’s not all. The London Classic Car Show – now in its third year – also incorporates a second show, Historic Motorsport International (HMI), which is devoted to historic racing and rallying. This, along with countless motor sport specialists, championship organisers, competition car dealers and race teams and special displays, makes for a very comprehensive show.