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  Lot 18

1960 Alvis TD21 Drophead Coupe

Estimated at £60,000 - £70,000

Lot details
Registration No: 707 AYP
Chassis No: 26392
Mot Expiry: Exempt

- 1 of just 192 Alvis TD21 Series I Drophead Coupes made

- Supplied new to a member of the Maynard confectionary family

- Treated to a full professional respray, rechromed bumpers and engine work since entering the current ownership in 2013

'A perfectly serviceable everyday car with extra "chic", extra performance, and high standards of comfort and safety, its appeal to a select but important clientele should be strong' (Motor magazine)

Launched in late 1958, the Alvis TD21 was stylistically indebted to a special-order Hermann Graber Coupe variant of its TC21/100 predecessor. Suitably reinterpreted for production by Park Ward, the newcomer's decidedly elegant coachwork sat atop a rigid box-section chassis equipped with independent coil-and-wishbone front suspension and a leaf-sprung back axle. Powered by a 2993cc OHV straight-six engine allied to either four-speed manual or Borg Warner three-speed automatic transmission, the four-seater boasted a 100mph-plus top speed. Featuring a polished wood fascia, leather upholstery and pile carpets, the TD21 could be had in two-door Saloon or Drophead Coupe guises and was every bit as luxurious as its contemporaries. Superseded by the Series II in 1962, just 192 of the 784 Series I cars made were Drophead Coupes.

First road registered as '707 AYP' by London County Council on October 6th 1960, this particular example - chassis 26392 - was supplied new to a member of the Maynard confectionary family. Acquired by R.E. Moon Esq. of Leigh-on-Sea some six years later, the Alvis subsequently belonged to the Stephenson family for more than two decades before entering the current (sixth) ownership during 2013. Treated to a full professional respray and re-chromed bumpers that same year, 2014 saw the original 'matching numbers' engine undergo recommissioning. Described by the vendor as being in 'very good' condition with regard to its engine, automatic gearbox, bodywork, paintwork and electrical equipment, he rates the interior trim as 'good / very good' and further informs us that the TD21 'drives well through all the gears'. This rare and imposing motorcar's extensive history file includes an instruction manual, Mr Moon's handwritten maintenance log and sundry Red Triangle invoices.

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