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.

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

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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

and finally, some unidentified cars…

3 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

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