Alvis TE 21
|Production||1963–1966 352 produced|
|Predecessor||Alvis TD 21|
|Successor||Alvis TF 21|
|Body style||2 door saloon 2 door drophead|
|Engine||Alvis 3.0 L Straight-6|
|Wheelbase||111.5 inches (2832 mm)|
|Length||189 inches (4800 mm)|
|Width||66 inches (1676 mm)|
|Curb weight||3,250 pounds (1,470 kg) (approx)|
The Alvis TE21, also known as the Series III, is an automobile produced by English manufacturer Alvis between 1963 and 1966. It was an updated version of the 1958 TD21.
The body was a modified version of the TC108G styled by Graber of Switzerland and built by Park Ward and distinguished by having twin headlights mounted one above the other. Saloon and drophead versions were available. The design was noted for its lack of bright side trim or creases moulded into the body parts. The windshield was one-piece, curved, and not too highly sloped.
The 2993 cc engine, first used in the 1950 TA21, received a modified cylinder head and manifold which increased power to 130 bhp (97 kW) at 4000 rpm giving the car a top speed of 107 mph (172 km/h). A choice of automatic or five speed gearbox made by ZF was available. Suspension was independent at the front using coil springs, with leaf springs at the rear. Disc brakes were fitted to all wheels.
Recirculating-ball-type steering gear was fitted to reduce effort and power steering became optional in late 1964.
Although the car was replaced by the TF21 in 1966, the TE21 was still available to special order until 1967.
Specifications (1966 Model 3-litre Series III Saloon)
Engine Engine: six-cylinder, 2993 cc, 8.5 compression ratio, rated at 130 bhp (97 kW; 132 PS). Maximum speed: over 100 mph (160 km/h)
Chassis/body Overall length: 15.708 ft (4.788 m) Overall width: 5.500 ft (1.676 m) Height: 5.000 ft (1.524 m) Turning circle: 39.000 ft (11.88 m) Wheelbase: 9.292 ft (2.832 m) Front track: 4.635 ft (1.413 m) Rear track: 4.510 ft (1.375 m) Fuel tank capacity: 14.3 imp gal (65 L; 17 US gal) Empty weight: 2,900 pounds (1315 kg) approximately.
1965 Alvis TE 21 in Kingdom, with Stephen Fry TV Series 2000s
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