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Alvis TB 14
Alvis TB 14 Front.jpg
Manufacturer Alvis Cars
Production 1950
100 produced[1]
Successor Alvis TB 21
Body style(s) 2 door sports
Layout FR layout
Engine(s) Alvis 1892  cc Straight-4
Wheelbase 111.5 in (2,832 mm)[2]
Length 177.5 in (4,509 mm)[2]
Width 66 in (1,676 mm)[2]

The Alvis TB 14 was a British two seater open car produced by Alvis cars based on the running gear of the TA 14 saloon and made only in 1950.

Alvis contracted AP Metalcraft, a Coventry coachbuilder, to produce the two door open car body to fit on the TA 14 chassis. The car had heavily cut away door tops on the rear hinged doors and very long sweeping front wings and a fold down windscreen. The radiator grille was a controversial item being pear shaped with the bottom side bulges concealing the headlights which consequentially were a long way from the side of the car. The front sidelights were mounted in the bumpers. Both right and left hand drive versions were made.

The 1892 cc engine was slightly modified to produce 68 bhp (51 kW), 3 bhp (2.2 kW) more than the saloon engine[1] by fitting twin SU carburettors. The TA 14 suspension was retained with its non-independent leaf springing all round. As the car was lighter than the TA 14 the final drive ratio was changed from 4.875:1 to 4.3:1 helping to increase the top speed and improving economy.[2]

The car could reach 80 mph (130 km/h)[2] but its high price of £1,276[2] on the home market limited sales sales.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Robson, Graham (2006). A-Z British Cars 1945-1980. Devon, UK: Herridge & Sons. ISBN 0-9541063-9-3. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Culshaw; Horrobin (1974). Complete Catalogue of British Cars. London: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-16689-2. 

Further readingEdit

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  • Clarke, RM (1989). Alvis gold portfolio 1919–1967. Cobham, Surrey, England: Brooklands Books. ISBN 978-1-870642-84-2. 
  • Culshaw, D (2003). Alvis three litre in detail: TA21 to TF21 1950-67. Beaworthy, Devon, England: Herridge and Sons Ltd.. ISBN 978-0-9541063-2-4. 
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