Started in 1917, Alvis began automobile production in 1920 and continued into the early days of World War II, resuming production in 1946. The first postwar Alvis had an overhead valve, 2993 cc inline six-cylinder engine, independent front suspension (something Alvis had pioneered in the early 1930s along with a fully synchronized 4-speed gearbox) and hydraulic brakes. By 1958, the series had developed into the TD21. An evolution of the TC108G, it had bodywork based on a design by Graber in Switzerland but made by Park Ward in England, 115 brake horsepower from the straight-six, a four-speed gearbox borrowed from Austin-Healey, a front anti roll bar and front disc brakes. Suspension, like previous Alvises, was independent at the front with coil springs and a live rear axle with leaf springs. A particularly elegant, luxurious and expensive car, the Alvis was and still is a fine alternative to the Jaguars, Daimlers, Rolls-Royces and Bentleys that are so popular with enthusiasts. With just over 1,000 built, they are quite rare as well.
This 1961 Alvis TD21 is a very pretty example finished in medium blue with a beige leather interior. It has chrome wire wheels, blackwall radial tires, a beautiful walnut dashboard and period correct AM radio. It spent some years in California after being brought to the US in 1976, and wears a 2000 restoration that included a repaint, chrome work and carpets. Included are receipts and service records that date back to 1972. Overall, it is a highly presentable automobile that is also mechanically sound and runs and drives very well. A sorted, pretty and rare Alvis, it is a fantastic car for long, pleasurable drives and to just have fun with.