Moss­green Aus­tralia to auc­tion rare Alvises

New Zealand Classic Car - - News -

The Moss­green auc­tion at Car­riage­works, Syd­ney, on Sun­day May 28, will fea­ture some 20 in­ter­est­ing ve­hi­cles, but none more so than the two Alvis cars with sto­ries to tell.

First to go un­der the ham­mer will be a 1954 Alvis Graber TA21G coupé, which is es­ti­mated to sell for A$140K to A$160K. The orig­i­nal right­hand-drive car was de­liv­ered as a rolling chas­sis by Alvis to the distin­guished Swiss coach­builder Her­mann Graber, for the fin­ished car to be dis­played, painted white and with disc wheels, at the 1954 Geneva Mo­tor Show be­fore it was sold to a Swiss busi­ness­man. It was traded back to Graber and used as a fac­tory run­about.

Fol­low­ing Graber’s death, in 1975, Bri­tish Alvis ex­pert Nick Simp­son dis­cov­ered the car un­der a dust sheet in Madame Graber’s garage. He bought the car and spent 20 years car­ry­ing out a full restora­tion. It was sold at auc­tion in 1996 for an undis­closed amount, then spent the next 10 years in a pri­vate mu­seum in Saudi Ara­bia. The cur­rent owner pur­chased it in 2007 and has de­cided to put it on the block once again.

Sec­ond up is an Alvis-healey barn-find. Again a right-hand­drive car, this time from the 1953 model year, it is one of only 25 built and was owned by a polo-play­ing so­cialite who dated the film star­let Ava Nor­ring. It dis­ap­peared in 1988 af­ter orig­i­nally be­ing sold by Brew­sters of Long Is­land, New York. It was dis­cov­ered in Aus­tralia in a barn-find con­di­tion, with chas­sis num­ber G-516, mak­ing it the 16th of just 25 cars built — and with the orig­i­nal key and bill of sale.

This 3.0-litre Healey sports con­vert­ible had an Alvis in-line six-cylin­der en­gine, with body­work de­signed by Gerry Cro­ker, who later de­signed the Austin-healey 100. It is also one of the first Bri­tish sports cars to have locks on the doors. In need of to­tal restora­tion, it is es­ti­mated to sell for A$35K to A$40K.

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