Alvis TE21 DHC Series III

by Mulliner Park Ward

Alvis, one of England’s most elegant car manufacturers, built some of the most beautiful motorcars of their age, including their most desirable post-war Alvis, the TE21. Only 352 were ever produced, of which just 95 were convertibles.  A testimony to their build-quality and desirability is that an estimated 88 remain.

This particular example was delivered new to Brooklands of Bond Street on 30th January 1964. It became the property of its first owner, musician Johnny Johnson of Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon. In July 1979 it was acquired by the Lord O’Neill of Antrim for his collection and, as with all his other cars, sprayed Jaguar Carmine Red. In 1985 it became the property of Steven Stevens, from whom I bought it in 1998.

This car is especially rare as it was one of the last TE21s made and as such was one of just 17 interim models between the TE and the TF. It has the desirable TE dashboard in the centre of the car and the TF-specification twin choke carbs under the bonnet, which, along with the chrome wire wheels and the 5-speed ZF gearbox, makes this car an enviable specification. More history below...

The car is mechanically superb and runs smoothly. For transparency, the interior and bodywork are in original condition but showing their years. The leather isn’t perfect, neither is the carpet, and the bodywork has some paint bubbling.

The car has almost 100,000 miles on the clock and has been happy to make recent runs across Europe and around the UK. Reason for selling? I'm not using the car enough and after 20 years, it now needs to go to the next owner.

This is a matching number car with a history file 70mm thick. Practically every last detail of its life so far has been documented.

Notable exceptions to this include its multiple appearances in the recent film of the Alan Bennett book ‘The Lady in the Van’ and its image featured on the cover of Jonathan Miller's son's latest book, 'Gloucester Crescent' as well as several appearances in fashion shoots.

 

Specification

 

Car number: 27053

Coachwork: Mulliner Park Ward

Engine Capacity: 2996cc

5 speed ZF Gearbox

Chrome wire wheels

Driver and passenger door mirror

Modern Upgrades:

Coopercraft brakes

Full wiring loom replacement

Electric fan

Electric fuel pump

Classic radio conversion to Bluetooth

PLUS many, many spares.

History of this TE21

The Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd was a British manufacturing company in Coventry from 1919 to 1967. In addition to automobiles for the civilian market, the company also produced racing cars, aircraft engines, armoured cars and other armoured fighting vehicles.

 

This car is a 1964 TE 21, with a body built by Mulliner Park Ward, famous for their Rolls Royces.

 

The TE21 is distinguished by having twin headlights mounted one above the other. The 2993cc engine, first used in the 1950 Alvis TA 21, received a modified cylinder head and manifold which increased power to 130bhp (97kW) at 4000 rpm giving the car a top speed of 107 mph (172 km/h).

 

This car is special as it is the last remaining of only 17 fitted with three twin-choke carburettors which then appeared on the TF21, the last of the line of Alvis cars. It also has the standard ZF 5 speed manual gearbox. The suspension is independent at the front using coil springs, with leaf springs at the rear, with disc brakes all round.

 

This example was first owned by Johnny Johnson, a pop star who had a hit in the sixties with "Breakin' Down the Walls of Heartache", which probably funded the purchase of this car.

 

It was then owned by Lord Antrim whose car collection was all painted in Jaguar Carmine red, in which colour it remains.

Full Specification

Model: 1964 TE21 3-litre Series III Drophead Coupe

 

Engine: six-cylinder, 2993 cc, rated at 130 bhp (97 kW; 132 PS).

 

Maximum speed: Over 100 mph (160 km/h)

 

Chassis/body Overall length: 15.708 ft (4.788m)

 

Overall width: 5.500 ft (1.676 m)

 

Height: 5.000 ft (1.524 m)

 

Turning circle: 39.000 ft (11.88 m)

 

Wheelbase: 9.292 ft (2.832 m)

 

Front track: 4.635 ft (1.413 m)

 

Rear track: 4.510 ft (1.375 m)

 

Fuel tank capacity: 14.3 imp gal (65 L; 17 US gal) Empty

 

Weight: 2,900 pounds (1315 kg)

Images

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