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This outstanding Alvis TC21 Grey Lady was built in 1954 and completed in early October 1954. This Alvis was then used as an exhibit later that month at the International Motor Show at Earls Court, London. Following use as a demonstration car, it was despatched to the company's Scottish agent J.H Galt Ltd of Glasgow who registered it as NUS 151 on the 24th January 1955.
We have Alvis records confirming the above information and a log of all work and maintenance throughout the late 1950's and 1960's. NUS 151 was subject of a major restoration in 2000 by a well known Alvis specialist. A photographic record of this work is with the car which included a full engine rebuild to include new pistons, new bearings, crankshaft re-grind, new timing chain, rear oil seal, new hardened exhaust valves and new valve guides enabling the car to run on unleaded fuel. Further mechanical work included a new clutch and all wheel cylinders rebuilt, master cylinder rebuilt, all new brake pipes and flexible hoses, new brake linings, replacement top wishbone bushes, new tyres, replacement wiring as necessary and interior work to include re-veneering woodwork and a new headlining. The starter motor and dynamo were inspected and re-fitted and the radiator re-cored and all new hoses fitted. The exterior of the car was completely stripped down and rebuilt as necessary and the chrome work re-plated.
Since the last owner in Cheshire bought this car in 2005, a further £13000 has been spent with top Alvis specialists. The car has been detailed to a wonderful standard and further improvements have enhanced the car further. The previous owner has entered and won shows with this vehicle and has spent a substantial amount making this incredibly sought after Alvis first class. NUS 151 has a high level of provenance and the restoration and recent expenditure makes this a very desirable car. The car stands beautifully with superb bodywork and a high class paint finish. The chrome work gleams and the car has a true quality finish. The upholstery still has a very honest, original feel and on the road this car does not disappoint. The sunroof operates as it should and even the period radio works. All the dials are clear and work perfectly and since restoration, the Alvis has only covered 11,000 miles. The more recent expenditure includes further bodywork adjustments and improvements and mechanical work which includes a gearbox rebuild. The Alvis drives superbly and is an absolute delight on the road. The mileage records 60,000 and from the condition of the original leather upholstery, this could be genuine.
The Alvis is complete with original jack, detailed photographic records of the restoration, all recent invoices from 2005 to date and MOT certificates back to 2000 when the initial rebuild was complete. The London Motor Show addition of ‘The Motor' Magazine from October 1954 mentioning the Alvis TC21 on showcase is also with the car, as are a spare set of keys and an original Alvis Manual of Instructions and Catalogue of Spare Parts.
A truly superb car for the discerning buyer.