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Alvis is a British automobile manufacturer that was initially ran by engineers. The building quality, the ingenuity, and progressive nature of their vehicles confirm that fact to be true. Building high-quality cars was their niche, with a focus on quality over quantity, as reflected in the relatively low production numbers of Alvis cars. From time to time, they left from their luxury niche to manufacture armoured vehicles and even aircraft engines.
In 1919, Alvis was founded with initial plans to produce machinery, carburettors, and scooters. However, in 1920, they introduced their first Alvis automobile, named the 'Alvis 10/30', which set the tone for Alvis car production and was produced until 1922 with a total of 770 cars built. After five years of car production, Alvis introduced a groundbreaking model, the 12/75, which is said to be the first front-wheel-drive racing car ever. In 1932, the British automaker designed its first armoured vehicle, tapping into a new market that would eventually bolster Alvis with long-term production of military vehicles to offset the perennially unfortunate unprofitable automobile segment.
Alvis continued to build cars until the brand's defunct in 1967 and its subsequent acquisition by Rover. During this period, they followed contemporary automotive trends and were also active in racing, including Grand Prix races, and, with Sunbeam, they held a duopoly in the British car industry for building race cars with Grand Prix qualifications.
In 2012, it was announced that Alvis aimed to revive its legacy and pay tribute to its rich automotive history. At the time of writing, around five models are still available as new releases.
Alvis TC 108G
The Alvis TC 108G was made from 1956 to 1958. Apparently, only a total of 37 cars have been manufactured, ever. This scarcity undoubtedly elevates the TC 108G to the ultimate collector’s item among Alvis enthusiast, and Alvis enthusiasts are well-represented in the world of classic cars.
Under the hood lies a three-litre straight-six engine, making just over a hundred horsepower. The interior is modest yet very practical with seats that fit like a glove, whoever they have to welcome. The TC 108G boasts elegant lines, generous proportions, spoke wheels, and a highly premium feel, thanks to the work of Graber or Willowbrook, the two coachbuilders responsible for the bodywork.
Given its limited production and Alvis's dedicated fan base, the TC 108G has firmly established itself in the market. Demand for it does not seem likely to wane anytime soon.
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