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Rare Alvis Donated To Transport Museum

A very rare 1950 Alvis TB 14 Sports Tourer has been donated to Coventry’s Museum of British Road Transport. The vehicle is one of only 100 built and it is believed that only fifteen or sixteen still survive on a world-wide basis.

When the model was introduced in 1948 it created extensive impact in the motoring world. One correspondent wrote ‘it was not often that an Alvis created a sensation at a motor show but it certainly did at Brussels and London in 1948 when the Company displayed a dramatic streamlined open two seater, whose swooping lines brought crowds to the stands and according to the London Evening Standard ‘stole a great deal of limelight.’ Bearing in mind that the Earls Court Show of 1948 saw the introduction of the Jaguar XK 120, Morris Minor, Standard Vanguard and Land Rover this is praise indeed!

The vehicle has been very generously donated to the Museum by the family of the late Charles W Townsend, FRICS and they are eager that this fine example of a very rare and important car should take its rightful place alongside the other examples of the City’s road transport heritage so extensively displayed in the Museum.

Councillor Arthur Waugh, Chairman of the Museum’s Board commented

"I am delighted that such a significant example of Coventry’s motoring heritage has been so generously donated to the Museum by a local family. It adds a significant dimension to our Collections which are designated as being of national importance and now that we are free of charge I do hope that visitors will take the opportunity to view this splendid car before the conservation programme begins."

The vehicle, which has undergone partial refurbishment, will be displayed as found in the Museum over the Easter holiday period alongside other models from the Alvis stable. These include the very first Alvis, a 1920 10/80; a front-wheeled drive of 1927; a 1932 12/60; a 1952 TA 14 and the personal car of the former Managing Director of Alvis J.J Parkes which is a 1965 TE Alvis. It is anticipated that, during the coming year, the vehicle will be subject to a conservation programme thus ensuring its future display to a standard that would be typical for a car of this age and significance.

Barry Littlewood, Managing Director  01203 832425
Malcolm Oliver, Operating Manager 01203 832465

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CWN / Motoring / Museum Of British Road Transport / Press Release / 31 Mar 99

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