Alvis TC 108G

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Alvis TC 108G
Alvis Graber TC 108 G Special 3.jpg
Alvis TC 108G
Overview
Manufacturer Alvis Cars
Production 1955–1958
37 produced[1]
Body and chassis
Body style 2 door saloon
Layout FR layout
Powertrain
Engine Alvis 3.0 L Straight-6
Transmission 4 speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 111.5 in (2,832 mm)[2]
Length 189 in (4,801 mm)[2]
Width 66 in (1,676 mm)[2]
Height 62.5 in (1,588 mm)[2]
Chronology
Predecessor Alvis TC 21
Successor Alvis TD 21

The Alvis TC 108G was a British sporting car made by Alvis cars between 1955 and 1958. Coachbuilders Graber of Switzerland had produced some bodies for the TC21 that were much more up to date than the standard offering from Mulliners. Mulliners was increasingly coming under the control of Standard Triumph, they were purchased by them in 1958, and the body supply had been getting difficult. Alvis's other main supplier was Tickford and they were bought by David Brown to use for his Aston Martin company. It was therefore decided to make the Graber style the basis of a new model and the rights were bought resulting in the TC 108G.

A contract was placed with bus builder Willowbrook of Loughborough. The car was only available as a two door, four seat saloon made by forming metal around a traditional wooden frame. This proved to be expensive and the deal was terminated and a new contract placed with Park Ward, the modified vehicle becoming the TD21.

The 2993 cc engine was uprated slightly to produce 104 bhp (78 kW) at 4000 rpm by modifying the cylinder head and fitting twin SU carburettors. Suspension was the same as the TC 21, independent at the front using coil springs with leaf springs at the rear.

In total only 37 cars were made, including several on chassis supplied to coachbuilders other than Willowbrook.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robson, Graham (2006). A-Z British Cars 1945-1980. Devon, UK: Herridge & Sons. ISBN 0-9541063-9-3. 
  2. ^ a b c d Culshaw; Horrobin (1974). Complete Catalogue of British Cars. London: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-16689-2. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Clarke, RM (1989). Alvis gold portfolio 1919–1967. Cobham, Surrey, England: Brooklands Books. ISBN 978-1-870642-84-2. 
  • Culshaw, D (2003). Alvis three litre in detail: TA21 to TF21 1950-67. Beaworthy, Devon, England: Herridge and Sons Ltd. ISBN 978-0-9541063-2-4. 

External links[edit]

http://alvisarchive.com/z/