1966 Alvis 3-Litre TF21 Drophead Coupe

The legendary TF 21 was the last and most advanced Alvis ever made, with triple carbs giving increased power, plus other improvements over its predecessor the TE21. The Series III/IV featured superb stacked twin headlights, reminiscent of the iconic Facel Vega HK500. Only 106 TF21’s were made of which only 21 were made into Dropheads. They were all hand built, but, costing twice the price of a Jaguar, the writing was on the wall and production ceased in 1967. Presented here is an outstanding, matching numbers late example, in blue metallic with new magnolia leather upholstery and contrasting mohair lined hood with the optional power steering & chrome wire wheels.

Comprehensively restored by Marque Specialist Engineer who has professionally restored 18 previous Alvis cars, this one was intended for his own use, before a change of plan has brought it to the market. He personally attended to every detail of the rebuild, from stem to stern, including the fabrication of the interior trim and weather gear, all done to high workmanlike standard.

During the rebuild, the car was skilfully converted from a Fixed to Drophead Coupe, the use of precision replica parts has resulted in a virtually indistinguishable from factory product. The whole car has been systematically reassembled – chassis, ash framework, bodywork, new front and rear wings, engine and so forth. In the process, the transmission was upgraded from Borg Warner automatic to 5 speed manual Ford type 9 gearbox, using an approved conversion kit. Finally, bare-metal resprayed in correct Alice Blue and trimmed in cream leather hide.

The new hood is easily operated with chrome pram irons and parks neatly behind rear seat. A matching hood bag and full tonneau cover, fold away inside a specially made mohair hood case with Alvis monogram, a nice piece of detailing. The car is also fitted with four colour-coded seat belts for driver and passengers.

This showstopper classic, offered tens of thousands below the market price for a Mulliner TF21 Drophead in similar show condition, would take a real expert aficionado to spot the difference, should there be any to spot.

Comes with original owner’s handbook and V5 logbook with Coupe and Historic classification. Car located in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire, viewing anytime by appointment. This is a unique car so unrepeatable when its gone. Transport arranged at only £1 pr/mile (one way only charged) Call/text JOHN on 07909 231414 for more.

Brief Marque History

The TE21 body was a modified version of the TC 108G, styled by Graber of Switzerland but built by Mulliner Park Ward and distinguished by having twin headlights mounted one above the other. Saloon and drophead versions were available. The design was noted for its lack of bright side trim or creases moulded into the body parts. The windshield was one-piece, curved, and not too highly sloped.

The 2993 cc engine, first used in the 1950 TA 21, received a modified cylinder head and manifold which increased power to 130 bhp (97 kW) at 4000 rpm, giving the car a top speed of 107 mph (172 km/h). A choice of automatic or five speed gearbox made by ZF was available. Suspension was independent at the front using coil springs, with leaf springs at the rear. Disc brakes were fitted to all wheels.

Recirculating-ball-type steering gear was fitted to reduce effort and power steering became optional in late 1964.

An updated Series IV, TF21, was the last car produced by Alvis Cars, having been announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966. Externally, identical to the TE21, but there were some changes to the suspension, and inside, the instruments were better organised.

The 2993 cc engine, first used in the 1950 TA21, had its power increased to 150 bhp (112 kW) at 4750 rpm by fitting triple SU carburettors, giving the car a top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h) A choice of automatic or five-speed gearbox made by ZF was available.

The chassis and suspension continued with front coil springs and leaf springs at the rear. Disc brakes were fitted to all wheels and recirculating ball-type steering gear was used with power assistance optional.

Although this car was an update of the TE21, the TE21 remained available to special order until 1967. In August 1967, it was announced that production of the Park Ward bodied Alvis 3-litre had ceased.