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Lot 387
1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupé


Selling on Friday

From The Rockhound Collection


• Coachwork by Tickford
• 1 of only 302 Dropheads produced
• Rare and pleasing post-war British automobile
• Ownership history includes The Sáragga Collection
• Lovely two-tone body with a maroon top

3-litre OHV six-cylinder engine, 90 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front coil springs, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs with live rear axles, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 111”

Quite similar in appearance to its predecessor, the TA14, the TA21 Alvis was announced in 1950 and featured an independent front suspension and a new overhead-valve, six-cylinder engine that outperformed the TA14. Styled along classical, pre-war lines, the TA21 was summed up by Autocar magazine as appealing to ‘discerning owners who appreciate quality and good handling as well as mere performance’. At the time of this introduction, Auto Age magazine tested the Drophead Coupé and was pleased with the outcome, “In many respects, the Alvis is in a class by itself. It is of conservative design; it is a family-sized car; it is of relatively high power, yet the weight is lower than might be expected. It is suited for those looking for both a family car as well as a sports car.” In total, production for the TA21 would only achieve 1,319 units, and of that already low number, the drophead coupé would only account for 302 of those vehicles.

According to the Alvis Heritage Database, this TA21 Drophead was delivered to its first owner on January 7th, 1952. While its early history is not known in detail, it is believed that this TA21 Drophead had just three owners between the years of 1968 and 1993. Sometime after 2010, it would find its next home in The Sáragga Collection, a significant collection consisting of 130 rare and highly collectible foreign automobiles located in Portugal. Its next and current owner would be The Rockhound Collection in 2019. At some point in its life, it is reported that the original engine was replaced with one from a later TC21/100 model. In mechanical and cosmetic order, this TA21 Drophead is an appealing slice of English motoring history, and having been maintained in two well-respected collections for over the last decade, the next owner will know they are getting a truly special and rarely seen vehicle.

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