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This is a truly wonderful find and quite simply could be unrepeatable in terms of its provenance and rarity combined. The car was once owned by the late Roland Simmonds, the former Managing Director of Alvis specialists Red Triangle and leading historic rally competitor. What is even more rare is the fact this this car is a Series 1.5 TD21, built one month before the Series II was released but leaving the factory with the Series II body with modified front end. This explains why the car has the appearance of a Series II with Series I features such as rear brake drums. Further interest is the car was also owned by a former Alvis Owners Club Director and archivist. This special car even has interesting mileage history making it truly unique.
First registered on the 14th March 1962 and left the factory in Metallic Grey P.500 with wire wheels and was registered with the desirable registration mark of 1626 UK. In 1974 the Alvis was sold to a Mr Hull of Ford dealership John D Hull in Spennymoor, County Durham. The car was purchased with a recorded mileage of 15000 when just twelve years old. MOT’s from 1974 show very low annual use, taking the recorded mileage today to 26,000. The car was with Mr Hull throughout the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s and was even MOT tested at the Ford garage. There are many invoices throughout his long term ownership from John D Hull Ford for maintenance work and many parts invoices from Red Triangle. As the Alvis was covering just a few hundred miles per year, it was very well cared for and well maintained and that would explain why today, so much originality is still evident throughout the car.
After many years of one ownership the Alvis eventually changed hands and was owned in 2012 by a former Alvis Club Director and archivist for the owners club. The most recent owner bought the Alvis in 2013 and has a large collection of classic car vehicles. During his ownership the car has been driven and enjoyed and proven totally reliable. The Alvis has been driven over to Malton from Lincolnshire faultlessly and is a very original, sought after car that presents beautifully. 1626 UK has a stunning deep paint finish, impressive chrome, painted wire wheels and lovely straight body panels. The bodywork is of a very high standard and does not require any work. The upholstery is beautiful and largely original. The driver's seat has been re-trimmed and carefully matched at some point in the cars history, the passenger seat and rear seat look like they have rarely been used. The woodwork is stunning, door cards are excellent and the original headlining is still in place.
On the road our Alvis TD21 is fabulous. The 3 litre engine performs perfectly holding excellent oil pressure and the five speed ZF gearbox is a delight to use. The car handles and performs correctly, brakes are efficient and the general performance is exceptional. The car has some lovely features, still retains its intact original boot carpet and the vehicle is accompanied by a comprehensive file that shows the car has been kept roadworthy and in regular, but low use for forty years plus with MOT's recording just 11000 miles over this time. What is impressive is the fact the car has been kept in such good order throughout its entire life and has not ever required a major restoration. This is a beautifully kept car and really is something quite special.