Perhaps one of the most iconic British cars of all time, it’s hard not feel nostalgic at the sight of an Alvis Fourteen (often referred to as the TA 14).
The TA 14 was the first post-World War II vehicle to be manufactured by Alvis. The model was in production for just four years from 1946 until 1950, when it was replaced in the manufacturing chain by the Alvis 3 Litre, or TA 21.
Commonly available as a four-door or two-door saloon vehicle, Carbodies and Tickford drophead versions of the vehicle were also manufactured. Construction of the majority of TA 14’s took place in Birmingham, which helped to boost the economy after five long years of war.
Although released in the 1940s, the concept of the Alvis TA 14 is based on an engine and chassis model dating back to pre-war years, giving the car even further vintage credentials.
For a classic vehicle the Alvis is technically impressive, even by today’s standards. Its top speed is approximately 74mph, and it is capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in just over 22 seconds – not bad for a near-70 year old!
Alvis TA 14’s are often spotted at vintage car rallies and meets across the UK, and are eye-catching enough to generate questions and comments from the crowd. The sleek beauty of the body also makes it a firm favourite as a wedding car, or for hire during special occasions.
Price-wise, a used Alvis TA 14 generally sells in the region of £40,000 and beyond – although this ballpark figure looks set to continue to rise with the passage of time, due to the increasing rarity of the model on the used classic car market.
For further information on how to purchase an Alvis TA 14 or other classic vehicles, simply contact one of Car-Link’s experienced staff.