A most attractive Alvis Sports Saloon from the Post-War era;
3-litre twin-carb engine; great colour scheme; nicely original interior; just
22,000 miles in the last 50 years
Better known simply as the Three Litre, the Alvis TA21 was launched in 1950 as the successor to the TA14 and was the company’s first all new post-war car. More streamlined than its predecessor, it was also wider and longer with a stiffer chassis and considerably more power from an all-new six-cylinder engine. Other improvements included Lockheed hydraulic brakes, independent front suspension with coil springs and adjustable Luvax hydraulic dampers.
Coachwork was normally of the traditional four-door sports saloon type by Mulliner and the accent was on luxury and refinement. Initially rated at 86bhp with a single Solex carb, the power output soon rose to 93bhp with the adoption of twin SU carbs, raising the top speed close to the magic ton.
This 1951 Mulliner twin-carb saloon came to the attention of the vendor in 2017 when he saw it on offer from a deceased estate. Painted two-tone blue at the time, it was showing some 85,000 miles and had been extensively restored in the early 1990s.
A colour change to maroon and cream smartened up the paintwork and the car has seen much attention since, the end result looking impressive. The interior is commendably original, the bodywork in good order with nicely shutting doors and working sunroof.
The car has been running and driving onsite and sounds sweet.
It is reluctantly on offer due to ill health and looks like a lot of Alvis quality and performance for little outlay. These 3-litres were fast cars in their day and are still a capable A-B machine in the right hands.
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