Classic Car Catalogue

Alvis 1949

Great Britain

TA 14 sports saloon, drophead Coupé, (R4 cyl., 1,892 cc 65 bhp)
TB 14 Fourteen Sports Tourer (R4 cyl., 1,892 cc, 68 b.h.p., wb: 111.5 in)


Alvis Fourteen, Model TA14, is offered in chassis, Saloon and Drophead Coupé form.

Alvis contracted A. P. Metalcraft, a Coventry coachbuilder, to produce the two door open car body to fit on the TA 14 chassis. The car have heavily cut away door tops on the rear hinged doors and very long sweeping front wings and a fold down windscreen. The radiator grille is a controversial item being pear shaped with the bottom side bulges concealing the headlights which consequentially are a long way from the side of the car. Both right and left hand drive versions are made for export. The 1,892 cc engine is slightly modified to produce 3 bhp more than the saloon engine by fitting twin SU carburettors. As the car is lighter than the TA 14 the final drive ratio was changed from 4.875:1 to 4.3:1 helping to increase the top speed and improving economy The car could reach 80 mph but its high price of £1,276 on the home market limit sales.

14 Saloon

Alvis Fourteen, Model TA14, Drophead Coupé was introduced in January 1948, and offered until September of the following year.

Drophead Coupé


Alvis Fourteen, Model TB14, Special Sports Tourer was introduced in October 1948. The bodywork was reportedly designed in Belgium and not surprisingly was frowned upon by traditional Alvis customers. Underneath it's a 9 ft wheelbase modified Fourteen chassis with a twin-carburettor 68-bhp variant of the standard 1892-cc OHV Four engine.

Alvis 14 Shooting Brake


Le Mans.



  24h Le Mans 25.06.1949 Entrant: Results:
        gen. class
#32 TA 14 Eggen / Saulx Eggen fail. -