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Alvis TC 21 1954



The Alvis Three Litre, TC 21 was a British sports saloon and drophead coupé made by Alvis Cars between 1953 and 1955. It was an updated version of the Three Litre TA 21.

The car was available in four-door saloon and drophead versions essentially the same as the TA 21. The doors now had chrome-plated window surrounds and swiveling quarter-lights were fitted to the rear doors. The saloon bodies were made for Alvis by Mulliners in Birmingham. A sunshine roof remained standard as did "separately adjustable front seats; heater and air-conditioning unit and Trico windscreen washers" drawing the comment from Autocar "In detail fittings . . . this car leaves little to be desired.

The 2,993 cc engine was upgraded to produce 100 bhp by modifying the cylinder head and fitting twin SU carburettors. Suspension was the same as the TA 21, independent at the front using coil springs with leaf springs at the rear.

Alvis cars were made to be driven hard and they respond well to enthusiastic handling. Over 4,000 Alvis cars are known to survive, and occasionally another emerges from hibernation. In the UK, the two main Alvis clubs are the Alvis Register and the Alvis Owner Club. Many enthusiasts are members of both. Support for Alvis owners is very good. The Alvis Owner Club (“AOC) provides technical support in the form of spares location assistance and practical maintenance advice for its members.

This simplicity of design and robust construction also makes Alvis cars popular with the DIY owner who likes to undertake his own mechanical and restoration work. Few, if any special tools are needed and most Alvis components will continue to function even when worn out, making a "rolling restoration" a feasible project.


  • Original Ownership Papers Available
  • Only Four Owners on record – Three actual long term owners as second and third owner were husband and wife – 1st owner 20 years / 2nd owner 5 months (husband – died) / 3rd Owner 11 years (wife) / 4th lady owner 27 years.
  • Engine Number TC2125410 / Chassis #: TC2125410
  • NZ New
  • Receipts & Communication dating back to 1954
  • Engine work recorded in 1967 - this involved a valve grind, work on cylinder head, radiator etc.
  • Traveled very few miles since engine overhaul in the nineties. Motor was reconditioned by M.S Coombes in Christchurch. The car was stored for many years after that and we suspect that this car has not even been run in on the reconditioned motor.

This is a very nice car with lots of patina. It is by no means concours but very drivable and usable and can be best described as a complete car with good bones in very original condition.

The Body is pretty straight and from what we can see, its pretty much clean of rust. The paintwork is old and quite patinated but is not disreputable and it is the paint finish only that has aged with the metalwork and the ash framing all very solid and the doors opening and closing correctly with good shutlines. Overall, it still has that deep shine which old cellulose acquires after many years of polishing and, to my mind, it sits happily with the old-look leather of the interior and makes the car all of a piece, as one might say.

The interior is a particularly delightful place to be; original in an attractive old-look tan leather and, as always with these cars, the seats are superbly comfortable.

With a recent overhaul, it also drives incredibly well for its age – a testament of a good quality car that had good upkeep and servicing really. The car starts readily & pulls strongly up to modern speeds where it will cruise comfortably all day. One can always tell a low ownership car from another.

These are rare cars nowadays and its nice to see one in such original condition. This car is recommended to anyone looking for a beautiful original classic, that is still in overall great condition for its age; a car that can be enjoyed, whilst being improved on if that is what one chooses to do.

Altogether this is a very handsome sporting saloon of quality and pedigree, driving well and ready to be used and enjoyed in the coming season and beyond.

Comes complete with history, original jack and original handbook.

Price includes one year fully paid Alvis Club membership in New Zealand.

Car will be sold WOF'd and Registered if sold in New Zealand.




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