The newly restored 1949 Alvis TA 14 will be handed over to new young enthusiast Josh Bennett at the NEC Classic Car Show. Like all the young drivers in the project, Josh will have the car for his own use and care for a year.
The Fourteen was in production by Alvis from 1946 to 1949. Based on the Alvis 12/70 albeit slightly larger and more powerful; a new sports saloon body was available for the model from specialistr coach builder Mulliner.
HAX 816 was first registered to an owner in Abertillery, Monmouth on 19th February 1949 and passed through the ownership of 6 more owners based in Wales until 31st October 1972 when she was laid up. The car was acquired by the current owner in May 2018. Work began in January 2019 to recommission and prepare her for use in the Young Driver Classic Car Loan Project sponsored by Peter James Insurance Company.
A bare metal respray was performed by students in the North East Scotland College under the direction of Darren Robertson. Engineering and trimming was managed and in most cases performed by Peter Milne. She now sports new fuel, exhaust and electrical wiring systems including LED lights together with a refurbished engine. The car is not in concours condition however , now equipped with her first ever MOT, she should allow the nominated driver for the year, to experience the degree of refinement coupled with reliability for which Alvis is renowned.
We all hope that Young driver Josh will enjoy his time experiencing this car as he drives around Oxfordshire. See the car in Hall 1 – stand 510.