June 2020 – 100 Tickford dropheads were made and a new list included below shows the model, body number, chassis number, first (UK) registration number and the AOC member last recorded as the owner.
March 2019 – car of the month – 25676 in New Zealand
The TC21 was not marketed as such – it was the Alvis Three Litre, as was the TA21 which preceded it. It was only the marketing department that came up with TC21/100, the emphasis on the 100 being for both bhp and mph.
Total production over the short period 1953-1955 was 726, comprising 600 Mulliners saloons, 100 Tickford dropheads (including 81 TC21/100 models) and 26 Grabers.
The Tickfords have survived remarkably well with about one half known to exist.If you own, or did own, a TC do please make a comment below to record its current state so we can update the records.
….. from 23rd August 2000….
The following gallery is of identified but not necessarily surviving cars.
What followed this model, the TC108G, is described in Rara Avis
46 thoughts on “TC Series”
TC21/100 25823 is in South Australia, It was registered in the UK as NWK404. The purchaser had the car in the UK for a while before shipping to Australia. He appears to have been a TV interviewer. The car fell into a poor state and sometime later needed up in Western Australia. It had some work carried out on it, but no evidence that it was actually registered. Subsequently sold to an Alvis owner in NSW on the death of the WA owner. Purchased in 2014 by me in 2014, it has undergone a full mechanical overhaul, with engine just about to be reinstalled. Hopefully it will be back on the road in the not too distant future.
I’ve owned 25826 for just under a year and bought it in a very fine condition so can afford to leave it in the garage without too much work required. I do hope that you have made progress with your own restoration and are now able to enjoy the fruits of your labours. It’s truly heartening to know that there is the will to preserve what is worth having in this world.
Fight the good fight!
Best wishes, Tim Perks
PSM987 T.C.21~100. still lives,
Looking for potential new owner.
TC21/100 25614 (reg VPE289) is alive and in, I believe, original bodywork.
It has been upgraded to a 5 speed gearbox and electric power steering.
I’ve very recently purchased it so would love to know any history anyone can tell me.
My TC21, without the flimsy chrome windows a la Morris, is 25183 but currently with engine 24790. I still have block 25183 but illness has prevented the planned rebuild (broken piston ring no2 cyl) which will probably require the body off as one of the mounting brackets broke from much towing on the continent in the 70s. Very economical tow car, with SU pump and ES needles, plus twin CR Foster economisers.
Hello Steve, I’m guessing you went with the EZY power steering which I found was excellent on another car and I’ve bought a set for the 21. Are you able to tell me what 5 speed box is fitted to your car please? Thanks Mike Osborne
I can only tell you that i was told it’s a Ford. There are no labels on it to say what type, etc it is. Works well though. I understand that changing to a 5 speed is a common way of improving the ride. The engine is easily able to cope. Not that I go over 60 mph due to the lack of modern braking distances.
Thanks Steve, I ‘ve heard of Ford and Toyota boxes being used. I’ve been looking to get a 3.77 CWP for my TA21 as per the TC21/100 I am restoring. No luck so far!
I have owned my TC21/100 registration RLX367 since 2001. It has undergone various bits of works including a rust removal campaign, respray, gearbox replacement, differential rebuild, as well as a complete engine rebuild at the Historic Engine Company. There’s always more to do but for now I enjoy driving it around Dorset.
I enjoyed RLX fifty years ago as a student and pleased that four subsequent owners deemed it worth maintaining and restoring. A TD21 replaced it in 1970 but now a Tickford TC21/100 complements my Graber TC21/100 found in 1974.
I purchased RLX 367 from John Fox in 1970 (for 200 quid!). I was a 19 year old student and was persuaded to buy it by my then flatmate, John Dearnley, an avid Alvis enthusiast. It was in nice condition except for the usual rot around the rear wings and to the spats, which I had ‘done’. It was my only car for two years, but after dropping a valve seat insert for the second time (with the attendant disastrous consequences), I decided enough was enough and sold it in 1972 to get married!!. I subsequently owned a TA14 DHC for 27 years and now have a 12/50 Beetleback which I’ve had for 12. RLX was the car I always regretted selling and always hope to spot it again at some Alvis bash, though never have.
Hi Neil, I used your £200 towards a TD21 for every day use (30,000 miles in two years) before buying my then dream car, a Gordon Keeble. Not long after a TD21 drophead joined it before it too got sold to get married. I saw RLX again at Mick Fletcher’s a few years ago. John
Hi, Neil. I dropped a valve seat coming out of a car park in Farnham in 1970 and came to the conclusion it was the result of using cheap petrol in France, the Super being a bit pricy for a schoolteacher’s budget at the time. I had it apart in the garage yard behind Pierrepont School and took the head to a firm in Guildford, where it was machined and all the seats drilled and sealed at the joints with pegs to stop it happening again. The piston had a hole in it and had to be replaced but I got away with the bore. Sadly, it now has a broken wiper ring and had to be laid up at the request of the local constabulary, the emitted fumes deemed dangerous. Any idea why your seat dropped in?
TC21/100 car number 25676, registered CN7387 is alive and well and living in New Zealand. It is still in original condition and one family owned since purchased new in 1954 in Lower Hutt by Mr Starke. It was purchased the day that his daughter Rosey was born. Mr Starke is now in his nineties, and the car is now in the care of Rosey. It is in the ‘Steel Grey’ original colour, with wire wheels option and a red interior. I am currently the caretaker of the car as Rose’s daughter (currently on a O/E in UK), will take over the car on her return.
It has had recently come out of a long hibernation, had some mechanical work done to bring it back to WOF condition, and is motoring again in VCC and ACCNZ events.
Thanks Doug – any chance of a few photos to firstname.lastname@example.org?
I own TC21/100 Grey Lady DHC 25656 body AL63 original registration NCG177. I purchased it in Boulder Colorado USA July 2017. It is in excellent mechanical shape and fairly good coachwork shape. I am in the process of “freshening” it. See my profile image for a view of it.
TC21/100 25543 registration VJO329 is doing well. In restoration now. Will be finished in a couple weeks. Fun car to drive!
TC21/100 vehicle serial number unknown. Mono-black. In 1960’s owned by the late Dr. A. S. TORRANCE of Mt Roskill, Auckland, New Zealand. Was purchased 2nd hand circa 1962 and was a familiar sight in our neighbourhood when Dad was doing “patient home visits”. Engine failed in a major fashion soon after purchase with blown head, leaking water into sump which necessitated being towed back to Auckland and entire engine being stripped, reconditioned and rebuilt. This was accomplished by a local mechanic with many parts having to be imported specially from UK. It ran beautifully after this. Due to mis-storage by the previous owner, many instances of rusty seams incurred expensive body repairs during the 3 (?) years my Dad owned it. I recall driving it as a 16-17 year-old (legally, with driving licence). It was lovely to drive and is probably responsible for my preference for quality cars. It had the sun-roof, twin fog-lamps, standard wheels (not wire spokes) but no radiator mascot. Sorry. No photograph readily available. I would be very interested to hear about the subsequent history of this lovely car.
Thank you for following alvisarchive. If you contact the Alvis Car Club of New Zealand, see Links page, they may be able to put you in touch with the current owner. Please let us know if you succeed.
Hi engine chassis number was 25783 .I owned the car from 1972 untill 1980. Was restored in recent years and is now in pristine condition .contact alvis car club for present owner info. Pete Anderson Rotorua NZ
Thanks for the info. A couple of weeks back I received an email from a relatively recent owner with pics. Car now 2-tone with a lovely light metallic green on most of the body, rest in black. Looked wonderful. As I recall that owner seemed to believe the car was again involved in a collision and badly damaged.
Unfortunately I appear to have accidentally deleted the email before filing it.
I recently read that only the Grey Lady spec TC21 was offered AS A DHC and that the base TC never had a DHC equivalent. Were any non-Grey Lady TC21s made?
The TC21 Register published in 2003, written by Colin Newby, shows no TC21 with a Tickford body. Body number AL1, the first Grey Lady Dhc, was delivered in 1954 when the Three Litre was then designated as TC21/100. However, I have seen one car, AL23, which has a chassis plate showing only TC21 but it is to TC21/100 spec.
Factory build sheets have just been retrieved by the Trust and they show several TC21s were built as Tickford Dhcs. The original Register No. 9 issued in 1985 did actually show these cars but the 2003 Register listed them all as TC21/100s.
I recently purchased what appears to be an original US sales brochure for 1954 Alvis Three Litre Tickford bodied cars, with illustrations of what I take to be TC21/100 Grey Lady drophead coupes.
I am amazed to see east and west coast distributors listed – Fergus Moors Inc. in New York City and Cavalier Motor Cars Limited in Los Angeles. I didn’t think these cars were imported into the US – can anyone clarify?
I would be happy to scan and post this 4 page item but I don’t immediately see how to do it on this forum.
Thanks, Gary Lindstrom, NCG 177
Hi Gary, Our Alvis expert in North America is Wayne Brooks, who you can contact on email@example.com and you can send scans of the brochure to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be posted on the TC page
I’ve owned 215 FRE, a maroon-over-grey 1955 saloon, since about 1997. It’s been off the road since 2005 but is back again now. It’s mechanically excellent, having had an engine rebuild just before going into mothballs. The brakes have now been completely renewed, so all that’s left is some bodywork fettling and a partial respray (some having just been done courtesy of a delivery lorry that swiped me!). Having lived without it for so long, my plan was to sell the Lady but having driven her again how can I possibly do such a thing?
Lovely history and resource list. Perhaps you’ve seen my 25656 Centenary offering in the Alvis Bulletin 586?
I’m afraid not. I dropped out of the club when I stopped using the car. I must rejoin.
just bought tc21 /100 25772
i also have 25263
and know of tc/100 25810
I have TC21/100 25696, she’s in a pretty sorry state, but with “retirement” looming I will have time to have a better look and determine her fate. Hopefully there is enough sound bodywork to rebuild her back to original(ish), usable condition, otherwise it may be a rebody to a roadster type. All numbers are matching and the engine still turns over, I haven’t tried starting it yet.
Don’t leave it too late, Bruce. I had the same plan with my TC21, having towed the caravan all round the continent with no trouble at all and returned average mpg of 33! Sadly, a fall and a stroke have put paid to my plans as I now have to walk with a frame and can’t carry anything. Good luck!
Rodney Garratt, 3638.
Hello SKP678 as in your pic here is living in essex and used often I purchased said vehicle September 2021
from R Bagge who sadly passed away shortly after the car leaves on in his memory
Hi I have Alvis PHP 959 registerd by Alvis on the 15th September 1954. The Chassis engine number is 25662. The car was Grey but has been painted the Scottish Ecurie Ecosse colour of Flag Metallic Blue.
A photograph of the car leaving the Alvis factory in 1954 appears on Page 88 of John Price Williams’ book “Alvis – The Postwar Cars”.
I rescued this TC21/100 some years ago but do to work and other issues not a lot was done till a couple of years ago when I started to rebuild the car and boxes of bits
it had been worked on in the early 90’s and then unfortunately the guy that owned was taken poorly and subsequently died. the car then lay at the garage who were doing work on it for 2-3 years
my son spotted it and persuaded me to buy it and save it. fortunately I was still working so could afford it and I had space where it could be stored
so here we are 20 years later actually starting to work on it.
I have got it running, which is the first time since 1985
the body needed a lot of work which is just coming to completion ready for paint in the next couple of months
the car is
does anyone know the paint colour codes for this vehicle
Mike, the orginal colour was blue/silver grey – Peter Milne the Model Secretary should be able to help you.
the other question which I am struggling with is how the front floor is setup as it’s clear I am missing some parts
Peter is the man with the knowledge.
I have owned the TC21/100
reg.OUY 593 since purchase from the executors of the first owner Joseph Moore. It’s still going strongly and is used regularly and is used for an annual trip to France each year. A well loved car.
I have a TC21 Mulliners body M3133 but the listings here are only of Tickfords bodied TCs. Am I missing something in not being able to find Mulliner TCs? Peter
Thanks for looking – you will now find the Register if you scroll to the bottom of the TC Series page.
Found it. Thank you