Alvis TC 21

Alvis TC21/100 Grey Lady
Manufacturer Alvis Cars
Production 1953–1955
7576 produced[1]
Predecessor Alvis TA 21
Successor Alvis TC 108G
Body style(s) 4-door saloon
2-door drophead
Layout FR layout
Engine(s) Alvis 3.0 L Straight-6
Transmission(s) 4-speed manual
Wheelbase 111.5 in (2,832 mm)[2]
Length 182 in (4,623 mm)[2]
Width 66 in (1,676 mm)[2]
Height 62.5 in (1,588 mm)[2]

The Alvis TC 21 was a British sporting car made by Alvis cars between 1953 and 1955. It was an updated version of the TA 21.

The car was available in four-door saloon and drophead versions. The bodies style was essentially the same as the TA 21, one of the differences was the fitting of chrome-plated window surround on the doors. The saloon bodies were made for Alvis by Mulliners in Birmingham and the dropheads by Tickford.

The 2,993 cc engine was upgraded to produce 100 bhp (75 kW) by modifying the cylinder head and fitting twin SU carburettors. Suspension was the same as the TA 21, independent at the front using coil springs with leaf springs at the rear. The 11 in (279 mm) drum brakes using a Lockheed system were also retained.

TC 21/100 "Grey Lady"[edit | edit source]

The TC21/100 or Grey Lady was a further upgrade with wire wheels and engine compression ratio raised from 7:1 to 8:1. The final drive ratio was also raised from 4.09:1 to 3.77:1.[2] Front fog lamps were also a standard fitting and the bonnet gained air scoops. A heater was fitted as standard but the radio was an option.

A saloon version tested by The Motor magazine in 1954 had a top speed of 100.1 mph (161.1 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 15.4 seconds. A fuel consumption of 20.6 miles per imperial gallon (13.7 L/100 km/17.2 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £1,821 including taxes.[2]

Alvis Grey Lady Manufactured 1953

Surviving examples[edit | edit source]

List surviving examples below;
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References[edit | edit source]

  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 "The Alvis TC 21/100 Saloon", The Motor. February 17, 1954. 

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • 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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