1948 Alvis TA14 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 21563 Engine no. 23123
Lot 623
1948 Alvis TA14 Drophead Coupé Chassis no. 21563 Engine no. 23123
Sold for £17,250 (US$ 21,775) inc. premium

Lot Details
1948 Alvis TA14 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 21563 Engine no. 23123 1948 Alvis TA14 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 21563 Engine no. 23123 1948 Alvis TA14 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 21563 Engine no. 23123 1948 Alvis TA14 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 21563 Engine no. 23123 1948 Alvis TA14 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 21563 Engine no. 23123
1948 Alvis TA14 Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Tickford

Registration no. JYF 896
Chassis no. 21563
Engine no. 23123

Footnotes

  • Alvis recommenced production after WW2 with a range little altered from that of 1939, the 12/70 - first introduced in 1938 - re-appearing as the TA14, the most obvious difference being the adoption of steel disc wheels in place of wires. An uncomplicated, separate-chassis design, the TA14 was powered by an overhead-valve four-cylinder engine of 1,892cc and featured beam-axle front suspension and mechanical brakes. The gearbox was a synchromesh four-speeder, and with 65bhp available the TA14 was good for 75mph. Three body styles were on offer: a sports saloon and two drophead coupés – one by Carbodies, the other by Tickford.
    Testing a TA14 in 1946, Autocar found the new Alvis, ‘the most attractive car of its size which the well known company has produced, because it adds to the typical Alvis sure-footed and lively performance on the road a degree of all-round refinement which is quite impeccable. It steers lightly and with a confident certainty, and holds the road to perfection; the suspension is not hard, but most comfortable, the engine is very smooth and quite quiet, and the engine mounting conceals how many cylinders there are.’ The car’s excellent tractability, well-spaced gear ratios and powerful brakes all came in for praise, Autocar concluding that the TA14’s ‘very high level of excellence puts this Alvis right in the front rank.’
    The vendor advises us that this Tickford-bodied TA14 drophead coupé was purchased 19 years ago for restoration. The car was stripped down and repainted at that time, but relocation and family commitments soon forced the project’s postponement and the Alvis was placed in storage for the next 16-17 years. Two years ago it was removed and restored to usable condition, including the installation last year of a new interior consisting of maroon Connolly hide piped in beige, maroon Wilton carpet edged in beige leather, and double duck hood with West of England cloth headlining. Additionally, all the brightwork has been re-chromed and the boot lined in maroon Wilton carpet to match the interior. Now back in action after a quarter-century off the road, this handsome Alvis soft-top is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to June 209 and Swansea V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • The temperature and fuel gauge do not work, and there is no spare tyre.
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