Alvis TC

ENGINE 2993cc/6-cyl/OHV POWER 100bhp@4000rpm TORQUE 163lb ft@2000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 100mph 0-60MPH 16.5sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 15-22mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual MoT Ex­empt ODOME­TER 72,022 miles

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WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The 3.0-litre engine gives out an en­dear­ing, throb­bing note as it de­liv­ers brisk but re­fined ac­cel­er­a­tion and keeps pace with mod­ern traf­fic. The leaf spring sus­pen­sion pro­vides a soft and com­fort­able ride and the four-speed man­ual gear­box feels strong; changes through the ‘box are easy. The brakes halt the Alvis with no jud­der or pulling. All electrics, in­clud­ing the af­ter­mar­ket in­di­ca­tors, func­tion prop­erly.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The body­work is in gen­er­ally ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, with new metal welded into the lower panel sec­tions last year. The dark green paint has worn well with only a few blemishes ev­i­dent upon closer in­spec­tion. There is a small scratch be­neath the off­side head­lamp, a chip be­low the wind­screen, an­other in one of the bon­net air scoops and light scratch­ing on one of the rear wings. There is also a di­ag­o­nal crack in the off­side front in­di­ca­tor and mis­matched glass in the two spot­lamps. How­ever, the doors, sills and wheel arches are rust-free, the un­der­side is solid and the chrome – wire wheels in­cluded – pos­i­tively gleams.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

Ac­cess to the cabin is via two large ‘suicide’ doors. The wooden dash­board, in­laid with a se­lec­tion of white on black Lu­cas gauges, is largely free from cracks and fade and the speedome­ter, am­me­ter, fuel gauge, wa­ter tem­per­a­ture and oil pres­sure gauges work fault­lessly. The mod­ern ra­dio/ cas­sette player sit­ting in a hole cut into the dash to the right of the steer­ing wheel does rather spoil the pe­riod am­bi­ence but the plump tof­fee-coloured seats piped in green match the door­cards per­fectly and the car­pets are in used-but-good con­di­tion through­out. The hood fits snugly onto the body and only has a few faint marks, above the front seats and around the rear view win­dow. The boot is clean and comes with a se­lec­tion of spares.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

Open­ing the side-latched bon­net reveals a slightly dusty but re­spectable engine bay with no ev­i­dence of leaks or per­ished wiring. The 2993cc engine was re­fur­bished in 1999 and re­mains in good health, start­ing with ease and idling well. The car comes with the orig­i­nal owner’s man­ual and works de­sign sheets and full de­tails of all ser­vic­ing car­ried out by mar­que spe­cial­ist Red Tri­an­gle and mem­bers of the Alvis Own­ers’ Club.

THE CCW VIEW

With a two-stage choke, starter but­ton and rounded ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal fin­ished with a flash of sil­ver, just start­ing this Alvis feels like an old-fash­ioned but spe­cial treat. Mi­nor paint and hood blemishes be­lie the car’s six decades on the road and merely add to its gen­tle patina. This is an ex­tremely spe­cial car.

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