2018 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction

1953 Alvis TC21 Saloon




Engine 2993cc six-cylinder
Gearbox Four-speed Manual
Body Work Saloon
Colour Burgundy over Silver
Interior Brown
Trim Leather
Wheels Steel
Brakes Drum/drum


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The Alvis Three Litre TC21 was produced by British manufacturer Alvis between 1953 and 1955. Based on the earlier TA21, the TC21 was an updated version available only as a 4-door saloon (there was no drophead sedan version as in the TA21) and, in later TC 21/100 form, also as a 2-door drophead coupé. The bodies were made for Alvis by Mulliners (Birmingham). Standard features of note at the time included a sunshine roof, separately adjustable front seats, heater demister and Trico windscreen washers. Later TC21s also had chrome-plated window frames. The 2993 cc engine was upgraded to produce 100bhp by modifying the cylinder head and fitting twin SU carburettors. Suspension was the same as the TA 21, independent at the front using coil springs, with leaf springs at the rear. The 279 mm Lockheed drum brakes were also retained. Just 757 Alvis TC21s were produced over a two-year period during a very difficult time for the British Motor Industry, and though it remained in the catalogue, it was in practice replaced by the TC21/100 ‘Grey Lady’ in 1955.