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Alvis TE21 and TF21 (1963 - 1967)

Last updated 12 August 2013

 
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Stack headlights, performance from the 150bhp version
End of the line

In an attempt to re-establish itself after WW2, Alvis launched the new TA21 in 1950 – powered by an all-new six-cylinder three-litre engine, the new Alvis very quickly became regarded as one of the UK’s...

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Introduction

The Alvis TE21 was the end of the line, and what a great swansong it was. The styling of the TE21 was a gentle evolution of the Graber scheme debuted on the TD21, while the TE21 ended up with its characteristic stacked-headlights, which managed to make it look very fashionable indeed.

The TE also gained a new cylinder head that lifted its power output to 130bhp. Both saloon and drophead were available, and it’s the latter that's the most in demand today. Power steering became a desirable option from 1965, but Alvis saved the best for last.

Just 106 TFs were built, but they come with a triple-carb 150bhp engine, improved gearbox and uprated suspension. Rover bought the car company, and planned to build a P6-based replacement, but it never saw the light of day - and from 1967 Alvis ended up concentrating on armoured vehicles.

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