TC Series

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.

25377 This was probably the first Grey Lady Works demonstrator and Press Car, one of the last TC21’s. It must have been upgraded to Grey Lady specification for the task. Note the vertical bars in the bonnet air intakes, replaced with gauze grilles in production. Photo:- Nick Simpson Archive.
25377 This was probably the first Grey Lady Works demonstrator and Press Car, one of the last TC21’s. It must have been upgraded to Grey Lady specification for the task. Note the vertical bars in the bonnet air intakes, replaced with gauze grilles in production.
Photo:- Nick Simpson Archive.

Total production over the short period 1953-1955 was 726, mostly Mulliners saloons, but including 100 Tickford dropheads 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.

The last published AOC register of the TC21 and TC21/100 models was in May 2003 (Number 32) when Colin Newby was Model Secretary. A small number of printed copies are still available in the archives.

…..  from 23rd August 2000….25608-otx25608-otx-704-dt-230800-2

25608 Richard writes "I bought this car from my friend Chris Denham in 2008 (as it was below) and restored the car in 2010/11. He bought it maroon and stone a livery it kept for the Paris to Peking rally but as the wings largely fell off during the harsh rally aluminium wings were made in 2000 also taking as you can see a jerry can and a spare wheel in the front wings as Chris put a 25 gallon fuel tank in the boot.
25608 Richard Bagge writes “I bought this car from my friend Chris Denham in 2008 and restored the car in 2010/11. He bought it in maroon and stone a livery it kept for the Paris to Peking rally but as the wings largely fell off during the harsh rally aluminium wings were made in 2000 also taking as you can see a jerry can and a spare wheel in the front wings as Chris put a 25 gallon fuel tank in the boot.
25608 restored
25608 restored

The following gallery is of identified but not necessarily surviving cars.

What followed this model, the TC108G, is described in Rara Avis

10 thoughts on “TC Series”

  1. 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.

    1. 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

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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