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Red Triangle: 1949 Alvis TA14

1949 Alvis TA-14

The Alvis marque always used a red triangle for its badging, and the largest marque specialist goes by that name. This car is anything but triangular, though, as it’s nothing but curves! Located in Waukesha, Wisconsin and for sale here on craigslist for $4,000 or best offer, this older British saloon has certainly seen better days. The graceful lines carry through even the dust and dingy body condition. Alvis’s were known for being somewhat sporty but still graceful and refined. This one was in a barn in Wisconsin for a long period up to 2008, after which it was purchased and moved to a heated warehouse since then. Obviously some disassembly was undertaken; I’m guessing someone decided it was too much of a project.

1949 Alvis TA-14 Engine

The car looks very original, and despite being partially taken apart, relatively complete. There are even a few newly chromed components. I think someone could take this beauty and have something to be proud of when it’s completed. What do you think?


  1. William H

    Interesting car. Love the lines on the body. I would love to take this car down to nothing and restore it to it’s former glory. Sure would be a conversation starter at the local meets.

  2. Tirefriar

    One of the better looking british saloons. I’d love to have one in my garage.

  3. angelo

    they are inexpensive overhere , chassis is very popular for building pre war style specials

    we had a few of these

  4. Capt Doug

    Same car for sale last year for $3,000

    I am surprised it didn’t sell with that kind of exposure to so many collectors.

  5. brakeservo

    FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS!!! for a Junker Alvis?? Aw, c’mon, Craigslisters – get a dose of reality – this car will cost $75,000 to restore and then might maybe perhaps if you’re lucky, be worth $25,000 when done . . . if you can even find a buyer. For about the same money, one can have a usable Bentley with much better performance or even a similar Rolls with more ‘panache.’ And both the Bentley and Rolls will seem like quite a cake walk when it comes to finding parts than an Alvis . . . it’s time to admit, Alvis has left the building and ain’t comin’ back!

  6. Ross W. Lovell

    Greetings All,

    Alvis is a marque I’d usually jump at but a couple of things keep me from doing just that.

    The year 1949, wasn’t a particularly good year for a lot of English car companies. Sure Jaguar introduced the aluminum XK120 but they were part of Britain’s Export or Die program as I like to call it.

    For example Jaguar had to export some numbers that they’d never done before just to be eligible for steel. Smaller companies like Alvis didn’t have the option unless they wanted to grow.

    Alvis at this point most likely was still using wood for structural purposes with steel being rationed after the war. That alone would deter me, though it is a closed car, if you put the doors back on.

    The 4 cylinder is surprising. Makes me wonder if this model was assembled from prewar parts as the size is smaller along with the engine not being a six.

    Metal looks good if the wood passes the dry-rot ice pick test.

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