Alvis TE21
Alvis TE-21.jpg
Manufacturer Alvis Cars
Production 1963–1966
352 produced[1]
Predecessor Alvis TD 21
Successor Alvis TF 21
Body style(s) 2 door saloon
2 door drophead
Layout FR layout
Engine(s) Alvis 3.0 L Straight-6
Wheelbase 111.5 inches (2832 mm)[2]
Length 189 inches (4800 mm)[2]
Width 66 inches (1676 mm)[2]
Curb weight 3,250 pounds (1,470 kg) (approx)[2]

The Alvis TE21, also known as the Series III, is an automobile produced by English manufacturer Alvis between 1963 and 1966. It was an updated version of the 1958 TD21.

Product descriptionEdit

The body was a modified version of the TC108G styled by Graber of Switzerland and built by Park Ward and distinguished by having twin headlights mounted one above the other. Saloon and drophead versions were available. 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.

The 2993 cc engine, first used in the 1950 TA21, 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).[3] A choice of automatic or five speed gearbox made by ZF was available. Suspension was independent at the front using coil springs, with leaf springs at the rear. Disc brakes were fitted to all wheels.

Recirculating-ball-type steering gear was fitted to reduce effort and power steering became optional in late 1964.[3]

Although the car was replaced by the TF21 in 1966, the TE21 was still available to special order until 1967.[3]

Specifications (1966 Model 3-litre Series III Saloon)Edit

Engine 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)

Chassis/body 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) approximately[4]

Surviving examplesEdit

UK cars.
Other countries
  • GLN 286 - Sweden (photo on Commons)


  1. Sedgwick, M. (1989). A-Z of Cars of the 1930s. Devon, UK: Bay View Books. ISBN 1-870979-38-9. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Manwaring, L. (1965). Observer book of automobiles. London, UK: Frederick Warne. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Robson, G. (2006). A-Z of British Cars 1945-1980. Devon, UK: Herridge. ISBN 0-9541063-9-3. 
  4. L. A. Manwaring, The Observer's Book of Automobiles (12th ed. 1966), Library of Congress catalog card 62-9807, p. 37

Further readingEdit

  • 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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