Alvis
Alvis Ltd was formed in Coventry by Mr TG John in 1919 to manufacture motor cars. Alvis quickly became noted as a producer of innovative and high quality cars, which are now classic collectors' items, and went on to become one of the prestige names in the British automobile industry.

 

The company moved into aero engine manufacture in the 1930's and was a major producer during World War 2, for example supplying the Merlin engines for the Lancaster bomber.

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In 1950 a new chassis and six-cylinder 3 litre engine was announced and this highly successful engine became the basis of all Alvis models until production ceased in 1967. Saloon bodies for the TA21, as the new model was called, again came from Mulliners of Birmingham as they had for the TA14, with Tickford producing the dropheads.  

 

But with the first of these becoming part of Standard Triumph and the second being acquired by Aston Martin Lagonda it was clear by 1954 that new arrangements would have to be made. By this time some of the most original and beautiful designs on the three litre chassis were being produced by master coachbuilder Hermann Graber of Switzerland and indeed these one-off designed cars are highly sought after today. With a licence in place, from 1955 all Alvis bodies became based on Graber designs. Early examples, the TC108/G, were built by Willowbrook of Loughborough but at such a high price that very few were made. Only after 1958 with the launch of the TD21 did something resembling full scale production resume as Park Ward, coachbuilders for Rolls-Royce and Bentley, contracted to build the bodies at a much lower price. These cars, the TD21 and its later variants, the TE21 and finally the TF21 are well built, attractive and fast cars. However it was clear by the mid sixties that with a price tag of nearly double that of the mass produced Jaguar the end could not be far off.

 

Both aero engine and car manufacture ceased in the 1960's, although there are still some 2000 Alvis cars running in the UK today and the marque is enthusiastically supported.

 

Source: Wikipedia.

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