Alvis TF 21
|Production||1966 to 1967|
|Body style||2 door saloon 2 door drophead|
|Engine||Alvis 3.0 L Straight-6|
|Wheelbase||111.5 in (2,830 mm)|
|Length||189 in (4,800 mm)|
|Width||66 in (1,700 mm)|
|Curb weight||3,250 pounds (1,470 kg) (approx)|
The Alvis TF21 was the last car produced by Alvis cars. It was made in 1966 and 1967
The car was and was an updated version of the 1963 TE21.Externally, the car was identical to the TE21, but there were some changes to the suspension, and, inside, the instruments were better organised.
The 3-litre saloon was presented at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show In the version with the coachwork by the Swiss designer Graber; in 1958 Park Ward designed new body which slightly modified the design of the earlier model in order to make the interior roomier. The name of one of the most classic British coachbuilders is in itself sufficient to give a clear definition of the car's characteristics. It is a typical English product. bound fast to the finest traditions and rich in all the qualities that can derive from a careful choice of materials and exceptional precision of workmanship.
The only novelty in the styling of four headlamps. Technically, leaving most of the well-tried solutions, only the maximum power of the engine has been changed: this has been increased to 150 hp at 4,750 rpm. The chassis still has a layout that has nothing modern about it. It must however be recognised that not only is the behaviour of this Alvis excellent (also when driving over rough road surfaces or even off the road), but it really gives the impression of traveling in a body integral with the frame. With a distribution of weight of 52% to front axle, and 48% at the rear axle.
As should be the case with a car of this class. noise is kept within strict limits that are well below the average. both because of the particular of the mechanical elements and the careful isolating of the interior.
The interior has all the usual finishing of the high-quality British car: fine wood is used for the facia. the design of the instruments is highly functional. the seats upholstered in leather and the floor is carpeted. Everything. in fact. contributes to making this a pleasant car to get into and, what is more.to do a long journey in.The instruments are grouped on a panel behind the steering wheel and include a speedometer. rev counter. oil pressure gauge, petrol and watergauges and an ammeter. There is also an ignition warning light. combined ignition switch and starting control plus a choke warning light.Access to the rear seats presents no difficulties. due to the fact that the doors are unusually wide for a car of this size. No criticism can be made of this Alvis as far as interior width or leg room are concerned. and it should satisfy all the requirements of the most comfort-conscious passenger. A particular word of praise is deserved by excellent ail-round visibility. The 2993 cc engine, first used in the 1950 TA21, had its power increased to 150 bhp (112 kW) at 4750 rpm by fitting triple SU carburettors giving the car a top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h). A choice of automatic or five-speed gearbox made by ZF was available.
- Engine Capacity 182.63 cu in, 2,993 cu cm
- Fuel Consumption 20 ml imp gal, 16.7 m/US gal, 14.1 1 x 100 km
- Max Speed 120 mph, 193.2 km/h
- max power (DIN): 150 hp at 4,750 rpm
- max torque (DIN): 185 1b ft, 25.5 kg m at 3,700 rpm
- max engine rpm: 5,500
- specific power: 50.1 hp/l
- power-weight ratio: 22.5 lb/hp, 10.2 kg/hp
- acceleration: standing 1/4-mile 17.8 sec, 0—50 mph (O —80 km/h) 7.5 sec
The chassis and suspension continued with its front coil springs and leaf springs at the rear. Disc brakes were fitted to all wheels and recirculating ball-type steering gear was used with power assistance optional. Although this car was an update of the TE21, the TE21 remained available to special order until 1967. In August 1967, it was announced that production of the park Ward bodied Alvis 3-litre had ceased.
VARIATIONS AND OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES: power-assisted steering;3.540 axle ratio; Borg-Warner automatic gearbox, hydraulic torque convertor and planetary gears with 3 ratios (I 2.308, II 1.435, III I, rev 2.009), max ratio of convertor at stall 2.2, 3.540 axle ratio, max speed 118 mph, 190 km/h.
Alvis TF 21 3-Litre Series III in The Avengers 1960s TV.
Alvis TF 21 Technical details and specifications (1966-1967)
engine capacity: 182.63 cu in, 2,993 cu cm
compression ratio: 9.1
cylinder block: cast iron, wet liners
cylinder head: cast iron
crankshaft bearings: 7
valves: 2 per cylinder, overhead, parallel, push-rods and rockers
camshafts: 1, side
lubrication: gear pump, full flow filter
lubricating system capacity: 13 imp pt, 15.64 US pt, 7.4 1
system: water, electric thermostatic fan
cooling system capacity: 23 imp pt, 27.69 US pt, 13.1 1.
driving wheels: rear
clutch: single dry plate, hydraulically controlled
gearbox: mechanical; gears: 5+ reverse
synchromesh gears: l, Ill, IV, V
final drive: hypoid bevel; axle ratio: 3.770.
box-type ladder frame
front suspension: independent, wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar, telescopic dampers
rear suspension: rigid axle, semi-elliptic leafsprings, telescopic dampers.
turns of steering wheel lock to lock: 3.30.
turning circle (between walls): 39.6 ft, 12.1 m
disc (front diameter 11.50 in, 292 mm, rear 11.02 in, 280 mm)servo
voltage: 12 V
battery: 57 Ah
generator type: dynamo, 390 W
ignition distributor: Lucas
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
wheel base: 111.50 in, 2,832 mm
front track: 55.62
overall width: 66 in, 1,676 mm
overall height: 60 in, 1,524 mm
ground clearance: 6.50 in, 165 mm
dry weight: 3,360 1b, 1,524 kg
distribution of weight: 52% front axle, 48% rear axle
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Alvis TF 21 maintenance and Service Guide (1966-1967)
Fuel: 97-100 oct petrol
Engine sump oil: 12 imp pt, 14.37 US pt. 6.8 1, SAE 20-30 (winter) 30-40 (summer), change every 6,000 miles, 9,700 km
Gearbox oil: 3.50 imp pt, 4.23 US pt, 2 1, SAE 30, change every 5,000 miles, 8,000 km
Final drive oil: 3.50 imp pt. 4.23 US pt, 2 1, SAE 90, change every 5,000 miles, 8,000 km
Greasing: every 1,000 miles, 1,600 km, 18 points
Tappet clearances: Inlet 0.010 In, 0.25 mm hot, exhaust 0.010 in, 0.25 mm hot
Valve timing: Inlet opens 30° before tdc and closes 60° after bdc, exhaust opens 60° before bdc and closes 30° after tdc
Normal tyre pressure: front 26 psi, 1.8 atm, rear 28 psi,2 atm.
Width of rims: 4.5"-5"•
Tyres: 6.40 x 15
Fuel tank capacity: 14.3 imp gal, 17.2 US gal.
Carrying capacity: 882 1b, 400 kg
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