<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501

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1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe
Coachwork by Tickford

Sold for US$ 42,560 inc. premium
1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe
Coachwork by Tickford

Chassis no. 24501

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

*One of only 302 Dropheads produced, of which just 80 were left-hand drive
*Nicely restored example
*Elegant color scheme
*Recent interior wood refinishing and new Wilton carpeting


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.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This car was completed on February 4, 1952 and delivered to De Nederlandsche Motors Rotterdam with the following special features: Lucas headlamps, dip switch and pattress, Trico windscreen washer, Bonnet ventilators, polished wood cappings to screen pillars, twin carburetors and heat def., sun visors, new d/light levers, Kilo speedometer, and Dunlop tires.

It is reputed that the first owner was Pia Beck, a famous Dutch jazz pianist and singer. Besides being considered the "best Jazz pianist in the world" and performing for such dignitaries as General Eisenhower, Walter Cronkite, the British Royal Family, and Freddy Heineken, Pia Beck owned over 47 different cars in her lifetime with open sports cars being her favorite. After Pia's ownership, the car went to a Museum in the Netherlands, then was sold by the English car dealer Stephen Langton in 1987 to John Dela Bosco who exported it to Canada. In 1988, John had the car fully restored for his wife, Geri, who owned the car until 2014.

The car is finished in Willow Green with fawn leather interior and top and fitted with the desirable manual shift transmission. Recently, the interior wood was refinished, the trunk reupholstered, a new top and boot installed, new Wilton carpeting installed, and chrome redone as needed. The car comes with factory build sheets, and an extensive history and service file.

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<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
<b>1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 24501
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