19th Jun, 2024 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

  Lot 79

1959 Alvis TD21 Saloon
No Reserve

Sold for £9,450

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: PEY 327
Chassis No: 25974
MOT: Exempt

  • Desirable 4-speed manual variant
  • Subject to much previous cosmetic restoration work including a repaint in 2021
  • One of just 592 Series I Saloons built

Launched in late 1958, the Alvis TD21 Series I 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 that was mated to a 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. Just 592 Saloon versions of the Series I TD21s were manufactured.

First registered on the 29th January 1959, chassis 25974 is believed to be the 28th TD21 built and the 18th Saloon off the production line and was specified with the desirable four-speed manual gearbox. Originally registered as ‘140 BKF’, little is known of the early history of the car until the early 1990s, when the car was owned by a gentleman based in central London. The vendor acquired 'PEY 327' in 2020 having had a close affiliation with the cars from an early age - having known Sir Douglas Bader personally! Having always wanted one of these cars, he has cherished it and has completed a large amount of restoration work including a repaint in 2021 by Steve Cato Classic Cars of Norfolk and a number of mechanical and cosmetic touches for which a number of bills are on file - including a carburettor overhaul, replacement of the leaf springs and fitment of a stainless-steel exhaust system. The vendor now advises that the car is in 'very good' condition throughout and advises that 'although by no means in concours condition, the car presents very well as a usable and affordable Gentleman's British Grand Tourer' and we are inclined to agree! Now offered at No Reserve, this is a fantastic opportunity for any aspiring World War Two fighter pilot who wishes to arrive anywhere in understated style.

For more information, please contact:
Lucas Gomersall
07484 082430


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 19th Jun, 2024

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