Alvis TE21 smashes auction es­ti­mate

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - his­torics.co.uk

A 1964 Alvis TE21 Drop­head Coupé by Park Ward has dou­bled its lower es­ti­mate, sell­ing for £156,800.

It sold at His­torics’ first sale at As­cot Race­course on 20 May (don’t miss our full auction re­port on p35).

His­torics’ auction ne­go­tia­tor, John Wil­liams, says: ‘ The TE21 Drop­head is an im­mensely el­e­gant and fash­ion­able mo­tor car, and this par­tic­u­lar ex­am­ple ticks all the boxes in terms of au­then­tic­ity and su­perb qual­ity af­ter the most minute at­ten­tion to de­tail dur­ing its out­stand­ing restora­tion. In­ter­est in the car prior to the auction was ex­cep­tional, and we spent a great deal of time with po­ten­tial bid­ders, which un­doubt­edly led to com­pet­i­tive bid­ding and to it soaring to twice its es­ti­mate.’ The car’s im­mac­u­late con­di­tion is at­trib­uted to hav­ing all the coach­work, me­chan­i­cals, and trim items be­ing re­paired or re­placed. In con­trast in terms of sale price, a 1946 Daim­ler DB 18, the of­fi­cial car of King Ge­orge VI for his royal tour of South Africa, and which was put in stor­age for the past eight years and re­quires recom­mis­sion­ing, was of­fered at no re­serve and sold for £784. His­torics’ sale grossed over £3.6mil­lion from the 125 lots that changed hands, scor­ing a 73% sale rate. It at­tracted record at­ten­dance fig­ures of over 500 bid­ders on pre­view days, with 1100 en­ter­ing for the auction.

1964 Alvis TE21 drop­head coupé by Park Ward had a lower es­ti­mate of £75,000.

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