965 Alvis TE21 – DVJ 358C
History of the 1963 - 1966 Alvis TE21
The Alvis Three Litre Series III, more popularly known as the TE21, first appeared in late 1963 and it represented a refinement of its TD21 predecessor. As with the older model, there was a box-section chassis and a steel body with an aluminum boot, bonnet and roof made by Park Ward.
The Alvis TE21 was available as a two-door, four-seater coupe or two-door, four-seater convertible with a front engine and rear-wheel drive.
The body was a modified version of the TC 108G styled by Graber of Switzerland but built by Mulliner Park Ward and distinguished by having twin headlights mounted one above the other. The design was noted for its lack of bright side trim or creases moulded into the body parts. The windshield was one-piece, curved and not too highly sloped.
There were independent front coil springs and wishbones with an anti-roll bar and rear semi-elliptic leaf springs with telescopic dampers and recirculating ball steering. Power steering became optional in late 1964.
The 2993 cc engine, first used in the 1950 TA 21, received a modified cylinder head and manifold which increased power to 130 bhp (97 kW) at 4000 rpm giving the car a top speed of 107 mph (172 km/h). A choice of automatic or five speed gearbox made by ZF was available. Disc brakes were fitted to all wheels.
Although the car was replaced by the TF 21 in 1966, the TE 21 was still in stock and "available to special order" until 1967.
Alvis TE21 and TF21 rivals range from the Bentley S2 and S3 Continental and the Bristol 407 and 408, to the Jensen 541S and CV8.
TE21 – DVJ 358C – 93333 miles
This vehicle was first registered on 7th May 1965 to Dr Abdel Rahman Attia and acquired by the current owner, the late Arnold Hickling, on the 19th November 2000.
From the substantial history file available we believe this to be a matching numbers vehicle (VIN & Engine number 27275).
It is presented in period colour of Champagne Gold and features the optional power steering, full length webasto sunroof, automatic gearbox and very good interior (with just the right amount of patina).
The vehicle has been well cared for under the current ownership and benefits from a full body re-paint, extensive axle & brake work and regular maintenance by marque specialists (invoices in history file).
Prior to being offered for sale the vehicle passed a MOT test without any advisories.
DVJ 358C is available to view at our new showrooms on the Chateau Impney Estate, Droitwich Spa by arrangement.
Specifications (1966 Model 3-litre Series III Saloon)
Engine: six-cylinder, 2993 cc, 8.5 compression ratio, rated at 130 bhp (97 kW; 132 PS).
Maximum speed: over 100 mph (160 km/h)
Overall length: 15.708 ft (4.788 m)
Overall width: 5.500 ft (1.676 m)
Height: 5.000 ft (1.524 m)
Turning circle: 39.000 ft (11.88 m)
Wheelbase: 9.292 ft (2.832 m)
Front track: 4.635 ft (1.413 m)
Rear track: 4.510 ft (1.375 m)
Fuel tank capacity: 14.3 imp gal (65 L; 17 US gal)
Empty weight: 2,900 pounds (1315 kg)
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