1954 Alvis TC21 DHC
The Alvis TC21 was a sports tourer in the best thirties tradition. Superb coachwork - a combination of aluminium and steel on an ash frame was mounted on a very substantial chassis. This car arrived with us needing a complete rebuild which necessitated stripping the car right down, refurbishing the chassis to a high standard and then building back up to its former glory.
This traditional sports car is built on a substantial chassis shown here. Compare it to the spindly 1920s MG chassis shown to the left of the photo!
Start of the body rebuild. The new ash sills are clearly visible as is the steel inner rear body structure.
The engine is a 3 litre Straight 6 with twin S.U. carburettors.
A very traditional dashboard greets the driver. The designers of the period assumed you knew that 'W' meant Wiper, 'C' Choke and 'S' Starter but would you know that 'R' = Reversing Light and 'P' = Panel Light?
The bodyshell nearing completion. The door skins are aluminium and the rest is steel on an ash timber frame. The bonnet top has not yet been stripped of red paint.
The finished car having the roof retrimmed prior to its first road test. The bonnet side panels had not been fitted when this photograph was taken.