Alvis TE21 and TF21 saloon 1963-67
Casual observers of Alvis saloon sale prices may be mystified by a pretty huge variation in price for what appear, on the face of it, to be in pretty similar condition.
In truth, though, it’s a reflection of a fairly small pool of cars to choose from – though a high percentage survive, there weren’t very many to start with. Occasionally, a ‘new’ car will emerge from a barn – or more likely a news garage somewhere – but the vast majority of surviving cars are known to the club and club members, and its true condition also tends to be known. Alvis people also tend to be extremely knowledgeable, and can tell a good car from a bad one very easily.
The TE21 was an improved version of the TD21, the chief changes being a restyled rear end and more powerful 130bhp engine, plus steering and suspension upgrades. Very much a case of evolution rather than revolution! The key identifier, however, was the stacked circular headlights. There was a choice of saloon or drophead body, manual or automatic transmission, and power steering was an option. Contrary to popular belief, the TF21 did not replace the TE in 1966 – the two models ran alongside each other until Alvis car production ended in 1967. The TF featured triple carbs on RHD cars (and 150bhp) a new dash and improved suspension.
Dropheads are dear – very dear in fact, as the guide shows. Saloons are going up, too, especially good ones. Body condition is, of course, critical and proper repairs aren’t cheap – yes they were built mainly by hand, but by highly-skilled hands. Interior condition is also crucial, though many think a bit of normal wear and age adds character.
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