1955 Alvis TC21/100 'Grey Lady' Mulliner Saloon, Chassis no. 25900 Engine no. 25900
Lot 344
1955 Alvis TC21/100 'Grey Lady' Mulliner Saloon, Chassis no. 25900 Engine no. 25900
£15,000 - 17,000
US$ 25,000 - 28,000
amended
Lot Details
1955 Alvis TC21/100 'Grey Lady' Mulliner Saloon

Registration no. OOR 353
Chassis no. 25900
Engine no. 25900

Footnotes

  • A replacement for the preceding TA21, the 1953 launched Alvis TC21 sports saloon employed the same 2993cc capacity straight six ohv engine. Although with twin SU carburettors, improved cylinder head design with 7.1:1 compression ratio and more efficient manifolding, power output increased to 93bhp at 4000rpm. While Tickford produced the drophead coupe, Mulliners of Birmingham built the 4-light, 4-door, 4/5-seat saloon version, production only coming to an end in Coventry in 1955, when Mulliners were exclusively contracted by Standard-Triumph.

    Automobile engineering genius Alec Issigonis, who had joined Alvis from Morris, helped develop the high performance TC/100 version of the 3-litre saloon, which was marketed as 'The Grey Lady' with Dunlop wire wheels and special paintwork. With higher 8.0:1 compression ratio, the '100' was rated at 100bhp, enabling it to run a 3.77:1 final drive, rather than the 4.09:1 standard ratio, and achieve 0-60mph in 15.4sec and a 100.1mph top speed when road tested by Motor magazine.

    Alvis Owners Club records confirm that 25900 was not only one of the 452 Mulliner Saloon TC21/100s, but was also the 8th chassis from the end of production in 1955, when originally supplied with heater, but without air scoop on the bonnet and on steel wheels with hubcaps to first owner and Alvis Director William Edward Harcourt MP. The second Viscount Harcourt became Economic Minister at the British Embassy in Washington, Chairman of Morgan Grenfell and UK Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund. Inevitably therefore, with such an impressive portfolio of directorships to manage, the Hampshire registered 'OOR 353' was mainly driven by Harcourt's chauffeur John Sturney, who regularly drove it to Alvis for servicing.

    On Harcourt's death in 1979 at 37,000m, ownership passed to another politician, Sir Michael McNair-Wilson MP, who reportedly only drove the Alvis during the summer months, storing it in the House of Commons heated underground car park in winter. Following his demise, by when the mileage had risen to 53,500, marque specialists Red Triangle sold the car to third owner Paul Crick, whose son Adam Crick inherited it in 2003 with 63,100m displayed and sold it on to fifth owner Gordon Boyes in 2005 with 64,300 mileage. When the most recent MOT test certificate was issued in December 2012, almost certainly the total mileage from new was recorded as being 81,430.

    The previously restored car presents well with panels, paint in originally supplied maroon with gold coachlining and chrome all in excellent order, engine and ancillaries extremely clean and tidy, and while headlining and carpets have been renewed and woodwork refreshed, the acceptably patinated seat leather in fawn would appear to be original. Two leather bound history files, containing original Alvis 3-Litre instruction manual, spare parts catalogue and OC chassis records, are also exceptionally well stocked.

Saleroom notices

  • We are pleased to advise this vehicle is offered with a current MoT valid until December 2013 and a Swansea V5C Registration Document.
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