Preserving our British Motoring Heritage


Alvis TB14

Classic. Rare. Exotic.

 “A thoroughbred, with some surprises’’

—Tony Dron, Thoroughbred and Classic Cars

 “’Flamboyant’” is the only word for this British sportscar”


Designed by Belgian coachbuilder FJ Bidee, built by former Riley aircraft employees at AP Metalcraft of Coventry in 1950, this Alvis TB14 is number 98 of only 100 ever produced.

The current owner bought this classic in 1968, in Scotland, from the original owner. It’s a roadworthy driver, not a concourse model, and has been taken out on the road every summer for festivals, parades, and special events, to the joy of the local populace in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.

The Alvis TB14 is as sporty a ride as it appearance suggests. In a test-drive in 1995, Classic and Sports Car Magazine found that “Rolling along, you soon find that the gear change has excellent synchromesh….The cam-and-peg steering…makes manoeuvring fun….[with] its neutral cornering stance and decent radial-aided adhesion, it handles very well.” Tony Dron said “the steering itself…had that ‘true’ feel which one associates with a good beam front axle design.”

Specs and Features

  • All-steel shell, welded and riveted in small sections;
  • Timber floorboards and dash, aluminum door skins, boot and bonnet lids and hood tonneau;
  • 1.9-litre engine fitted with twin SU carburetors offering nearly 70 horsepower;
  • Suspension comprised of non-independent leaf springs at all four corners;
  • Heavily cut-away door tops, rear hinged doors, long, sweeping front wings and a fold down windscreen;
  • 35,000 miles on odometer;
  • In good mechanical condition: almost completely original, some professional work done on engine; rebored for oversize pistons, head ground, valve sleeves relined in 2002.
  • New vinyl canopy and removable side windows;
  • Radial tires have improved driving comfort;
  • Tools and some parts come with car, with the original instruction manuals.

For more information please write

  • Contact Name : Hector MacKenzie
  • Make : Alvis
  • Model : TB14
  • Year : 1950
  • Mileage : 35,000 miles