Sunday, 4 September 2011

Swiss Style British Built - Alvis TD21 Drop Head

Among the more handsome vehicles to be built in Britain in the late 1950's was the Alvis TD21, like the 1959 example seen here at the recent Silverstone Classic.

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The TD range, available in 2 door saloon or drop head form came with an Alvis 3 litre / 183 cui 6 cylinder motor with 7 bearing crankshaft which produced 115 hp.

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The bodywork was designed by Swiss company Hermann Garber working with the Park Ward coach works who took on the production of the beautifully proportioned panels which were mounted on a separate chassis.

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With either 4 speed manual, sourced from the Austin Healey parts bin, or 3 speed Borg Warner automatic transmission the TD had a top speed of 103 mph.

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The TD21 was upgraded to Series II spec in 1961 with external changes including integrated front fog lights and internal changes including all round disc brakes and ZF 5 speed manual gearbox. From 1958 to 1964 1070 TD21's of both types were built.

Thanks for joining me on this Swiss style edition of 'Gettin' a lil' psycho on tyres', .I hope you'll join me again tomorrow when I'll be visiting Oulton Park for some classic and historic races. Don't forget to come back now !