New Year – new pages

We start the year with a 40 page compilation of articles on the Alvis that might have been, the TA350 – click TA350We are holding a package of photos and documents for the current owner of this TC21 from the family of a previous owner who had restored it. The car had been previously the subject of an article The Shuttleworth Collection

New owners in 2000, but last heard of in Shrewsbury.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas

My true loves sent to me

Twelve tappets chattering,

Eleven spokes a-rattling,

Ten cables fraying,

Nine joints with play in,

Eight hoses leaking,

Seven springs a-creaking,

Six perished plug-leads,

F i v e   o l d   r i n g s  –

Four cross-threaded bolts,

Three scuffed tyres,

Two worn wiper-blades,

And an old clapped-out battery.

ERIC STAPLETON – 1977 AOC Bulletin 287

Yet more to see at Bowcliffe

We have withdrawn our deposits with the Herbert in Coventry who have carefully conserved them for many years. So Christmas came early, opening eleven boxes of goodies, all wrapped in white paper and tied up in string, these are a few of our favourite things…..

The big boxes included Photo Albums 1-5 which we published in digital form six years ago. Now we can enjoy looking through the physical version. See Albums

Hidden away for far too long were these items presented to the AOC in 2001, the Jubilee year.

Chairman Arthur Fairburn receives the plaque from Richard Tonkin






Arthur receiving the ACC plaque from Richard Budd

Ken Cameron with the Richards

….and from our Dutch friendsEven older, is this..

These will be on display at Bowcliffe in 2019, the start of the Centenary Year.

A section of Instruction and Parts books
A different Apprentice Badge


How many are left?

A new Follower this week had a familiar name and following several email exchanges has ended up with a fascinating story of survival of a rare Speed 20 model with the inevitable question, how many are left? To read the full story click BXL 835.

Coen van der Weiden asked about the survival rate of the 95 TE21 dropheads produced. The survival statistics published by Red Triangle, on display at the NEC last month, show 83% of all TEs surviving. This is based on the assumption that if a car has been spotted within the last twenty years, it probably still survives. Having recently collected the 352 TE records for the archives, and checked a sample of licence and mot records, there is a significant number of “can’t be sure” cars. There are cars not on DVLA records for a number of different reasons. If you know of a TE21 that has definitely been scrapped or is still around but not DVLA registered, please write to us, click

Unfortunately the fascinating website howmanyleft does not include Alvis cars.

The long awaited release of the Alvis Car Club badge has arrived, click badge for details of how to purchase from the Alvis Owner Club.

The last post on Alvis Apprentices produced some positive feedback and in particular a comment from Mike Dunn.

TD21 news

A 1958 TD21 Graber coupe, 25971, is seeking a new custodian, for more details click here.

The second Park Ward TD21 drophead coupe made, 25952/18502 is under restoration in Devon for its long term custodian

The 1958 Earls Court Motor Show Silver Medal winner for coachwork
The new custodian and Follower of this movie star car intends to complete a restoration in 2018. 26962 was in The Big Sleep, Movie, 1978 – source
Another follower is continuing a long term retirement project on 26596 – chassis restoration in progress

We welcome news and photos of restorations being completed.