<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926

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Lot 321
From the Estate of David L. Van Schaick
1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe
Coachwork by Tickford

Sold for US$ 63,800 inc. premium
From the Estate of David L. Van Schaick
1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe
Coachwork by Tickford

Chassis no. 24926
Engine no. 24926

2,993cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Dual SU Carburetors
93bhp at 4,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Coil Spring Front and Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Rear Suspension with Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*One of only 302 Dropheads produced
*Believed to have been in only 4 private ownerships from new
*One ownership lasted for more than 55 years
*A well-documented and attractive post war convertible


THE ALVIS TA21

Looking much like its TA14 predecessor but featuring independent front suspension and a new, overhead-valve, six-cylinder engine, the 3.0-liter Alvis - type TA21 - was announced in 1950. Styled along classical, pre-war lines, the 3.0-Liter was reckoned by Autocar magazine to appeal to 'discerning owners who appreciate quality and good handling as well as mere performance.' Not that the TA21 was lacking in the latter, comfortable cruising at 70mph and a maximum speed of better than 85mph being reported.

Additions to the range were not long in coming, a sports two-seater and a Tickford-bodied two-door drophead coupé being announced for the 1951 season. The introduction of open-top models was calculated to boost sales in the all-important United States market, where Alvis was beginning to make an impact. Testing a Drophead Coupé for Auto Age magazine found that they liked the newcomer from England. "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. Perhaps the best thing about it is that many of the handling characteristics of the sports car have been built into the chassis which, combined with a low centre of gravity and a reasonable amount of space, make this fine car something of a compromise suited to those who want both family car and sportscar features all in one package."

It is understood that drophead coupe versions of the TA21 accounted for less than a quarter of total production, some 300 of the 1319 they built. But of those the left hand drive ratio was considerably smaller, said to be just 89, of which only 57 are known to the Alvis registers to survive, making examples such as this extremely rare.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

David Van Schaick's passion for cars existed throughout his life, and in his twilight years he would recall having owned an Alvis TA21 Drophead very similar to the car we present here, his recollections of the model were so fond that he elected to acquire this very fine example in 2014.

The rare car is recorded to have left Alvis' works on November 17, 1952 destined for the West Coast and to be sold by Cavalier Motor Cars Ltd. of Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles. It was supplied in the same scheme we see the car today, with a black paint scheme and Melleroid top, contrasted by a maroon interior.

The original possessor of the car is not known, but by 1959 it had migrated north across the border to British Columbia and is listed as having been owned by W.G. Ellis of Duncan. It would remain in this area for almost all of its life, being acquired by Robert McCartney of Shawnigan Lake that same year.

In recounting history to noted expert Wayne Brooks, McCartney would state that he believed himself to be the third owner and he was convinced that the black paintwork it wore was original to the car. Over the course of his ownership the original engine was first removed and replaced, then rebuilt and returned to the car. Its mileage after this rebuild is suggested to be all that the odometer reads today, being a little over 1,200.

On Mr. McCartney's passing in 2014 the car was offered up for sale by Bristol Motors in Cobble Hill, it was purchased by noted dealer Charles Crail a couple of months later and arrived with Mr. Van Schaick in August that same year. Very sadly his nostalgic purchase would never be used by him, but has been maintained regardless by local specialists Tillson Motorcars and detailed by Tim McNair.

Always associated with the best British and European automobiles, the Alvis endorses the fact that Mr. Van Schaick's taste for good looking cars remained with him throughout his car collecting career.

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<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
<b>1952 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24926<br />Engine no. 24926
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