Classic Car Catalogue

Alvis 1962

Great Britain

 TD 21 Saloon, Convertible Coupé (R6, 2993 cm³, 124 KM)(wb 9ft 3 ½ in)

Series II Drophead Coupé


Spring marked the arrival of the Series II version of this impressive model. Changes included disc brakes all round, fog lamps recessed in round fresh air intakes each side of the radiator grille, vertical reversing lights flanking the number plate and other detail modifications. Series II saloon and drophead Coupé versions are available to similar specifications.

FORESHADOWING a possible trend in the passenger-car field, Alvis takes a leaf out of the racing-car designer's book with the introduction of a five-speed gearbox. This is an optional extra for 1963 on both saloon and convertible editions of the aristocratic 3-litre. Five speeds "under one roof" make a lighter, neater and simpler alternative to four-plus-overdrive. Otherwise, the Alvises show no change, continuing to ally meticulous British engineering with Swiss styling (body design is by Graber). Mechanical specification is conventional, with a well-tried pushrod o.h.v. engine mounted on a robust chassis having wishbone-and-coil front suspension and semi-elliptic springs at the back. In this mass-production age, the Alvis shows the unmistakable touch of craftsmanship that inspires pride of possession.
London report, October '62