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Alvis was founded in 1919 by T. G. John, and started out making the rather mundane side-valve 10/30. Alvis enjoyed a successful period between 1920 and the outbreak of war, and was considered at the time a worthy competitor to the likes of more famous marques such as Bentley. The 4.3 liter iteration offered a top speed of just over 100 mph, a speed to which only truly great cars would ever aspire in those days.

The company was to re-emerge in 1946 with the TA14, having spent the war years manufacturing airplane engines, armoured cars, all-wheel-drive vehicles and other military hardware. Post-war Alvis models were rather conservative Grand-Tourers, although they enjoyed an enviable reputation for quality and performance. Their first  was the TA14, however it borrowed heavily on pre-war designs. Freshly designed models would follow in 1950 with the TA21, then in 1955 with the TC21 “Grey Lady”.

The high point of their post war production was undoubtedly the TD21, a car that was remarkably beautiful and has always been highly desirable. These later cars carried elegant bodies designed by Swiss coachbuilder Graber, and were produced for Alvis by Park Ward. In 1965 the company was taken over by Rover and production of passenger cars ended in 1967. Today it is no longer part of the Rover concern, but it still manufactures military vehicles.

Also see: Lost Marques: Alvis

Alvis TD21

Alvis TD21, TE21, TF21

1958 - 1967
Alvis turned to Graber of Switzerland after the war to design a new body style for their GT lineup. The TD21 was beautiful from every angle, the simple and handsome lines never dating like the more mainstream. The bodies for the TD21 were manufactured in England, first by Willowbrook in Loughborough, then later by Park Ward. More >>
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