1961 Alvis TD21 Saloon
Always in regular use;
just three owners from 1975 - 2021; only 72,800 miles from new; unleaded head;
alternator conversion; high ratio back axle; front disc brakes; stainless steel
exhaust; nice transferable number plate; large history file; good running order
with scope for cosmetic improvement
Launched in October 1958, the Graber-styled Alvis TD21 was
an immediate success, the combination of a luxury interior, elegant bodywork and
100mph performance proving immensely attractive to the well-heeled clientele at
which it was aimed.
described it as having "a Jeeves-like
quality of responding to its master's whim" while Autocar
praised it as
"one of the most enchanting owner-driver cars imaginable," singling out the
quality of the Park Ward coachwork with doors that "close with a majestic clunk
- more like an air of finality than a noise."
Qualities that were no doubt appreciated by owners as
august as the Dukes of Edinburgh and Windsor, Sir Douglas Bader and James Mason
– all as quintessentially English as the car.
Powered by a torquey 120bhp straight-six engine mated to a
four-speed manual gearbox as standard, the car was capable of effortless
high-speed cruising and handled exceptionally well for such a stately machine.
Just 1,069 TD21s were made before it was replaced by the TE21 in 1963.
Copies of the factory build sheets show that this TD21
Series 1 was completed in May 1961 finished in Metallic Grey with red leather
upholstery, red carpets, grey headlining and optional Delaney Galley full
harness seat belts. It was supplied new via DH Bloomer Ltd of Grimsby to first
owner George Sleight of the same town. The original buff logbook and copies of
old V5s document most of the subsequent owners, around eight in total.
It comes with a very large history file extending back to
the mid-1970s showing regular upkeep throughout its life along with 20 old MOTs
which indicate that the 72,800 miles on the clock is almost certainly correct.
For around 25 years (c.1975 – 2000) it was owned by a Mr Wardley of Northants
who clearly looked after it extremely well, judging by the many invoices on
From 2000 – 2009 it was owned by a Mr Galloway of Somerset
who also kept it in tip-top condition and used it extensively, covering some
18,000 miles including tours of Italy, Switzerland and Scotland, even taking the
car to an Alvis rally in Australia in 2008. Fitted with a stainless steel
exhaust, front disc brakes and a high ratio back axle, he stated that the car
was in its element at 3,250rpm giving relaxed 70mph cruising and 23mpg economy.
From 2009 – 2021 it was owned by a Shrewsbury gentleman
who also used it regularly, covering some 15,000 miles. In early 2020 he spent
around £5,000 on the car which included removing the engine and gearbox, fitting
a new rear main oil seal, new core plugs, rebuilt cylinder head converted to run
on unleaded fuel, new clutch, alternator conversion, recored radiator, new
wiring plus much else besides.
Starting promptly and running sweetly as we have moved it
around on site, it is now in need of some localised attention to the bodywork,
as can be seen in the photos. The driver's seat also needs some minor
leather repairs and the steering wheel will also need immediate
attention as the spokes on one of the three support sections have come adrift.
Supplied with an original owner’s manual and parts catalogue, it also retains a
period Lincolnshire-issued number plate, 125 EBE, which is transferable.
With top examples routinely making £25k+ at auction, this
well-historied TD21 is on offer here at a very sensible guide price and should
amply reward the remedial works now required.
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or