20th Sep, 2023 12:00

30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Lot 392

1936 Alvis Crested Eagle TF 19.82 Saloon

Sold for £32,625

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: BHP 221
Chassis No: 12973
MOT: Exempt

  • Offered from 36 years of ownership
  • Fitted with Laycock overdrive and will cruise at c.60mph with ease
  • Charlesworth-bodied Saloon is finished in Burgundy over Black
  • Thought to be one of only four examples to remain
  • Offered with an extensive history file

The Alvis Crested Eagle was manufactured from 1933 through to 1940 and was a development of the 20hp Silver Eagle. It featured an X-braced chassis frame with transverse-leaf independent front suspension and mechanical brakes. Engines fitted were of 2148, 2511, 2762 and 3571cc in capacity, all of them overhead-valve six cylinders. Standard body styles available on the Crested Eagle chassis were limited to just three: four-light and six-light saloons and a limousine.

This delightful Six Light Saloon was dispatched to Messrs. J.Storr of Cole on the 20th March 1936 and has been owned by the current vendor since October 1989 and has been lovingly cared for. This is a very original example; the leather interior is entirely original and has a fabulous patina. Over the years the paintwork has been refreshed in the original colour scheme, the Charlesworth body is particularly handsome with very proportionate lines and has never needed any major restoration. The running gear of this Alvis is original with matching numbers throughout. The current vendor had the engine overhauled in 2002 using Alvis parts at 83,000 miles, this included a re-bore, new pistons, and bearings, we are advised she uses very little oil. Purchased for the purpose of using and enjoying the Alvis, particularly on long journeys, a Laycock overdrive unit was fitted in 2012, thus enabling the car to cruise at 60mph with ease at 3,000 RPM 2762cc engine. A stainless-steel exhaust has been fitted and a period-style trunk has been added for additional storage. The current mileage of 96,800 is thought to be correct. This highly cherished ‘gentleman’s carriage’ is quintessentially British and has not been used much of late due to the vendor's advancing years. Appearing at many Alvis Club events she has won countless awards, an achievement of which the vendor is, quite rightly so, very proud of. Clearly this Crested Eagle, with its overhauled engine is one of the best examples we have seen. Supplied with a V5C registration document, a copy of the original build sheet and a number of invoices plus details on the previous owners. Viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate the quality and 'BHP 221' is thought to be one of only four examples to remain.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: 30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 20th Sep, 2023

Established in 1993, H&H has sold some of the world's most significant motorcars and motorcycles over the past 30 years. Now owned by its employees and trusted by over 75,000 clients worldwide, we are the longest established auction house of our kind in Europe.


Buyers, bidders and attendees will enjoy a special day in the prestigious Imperial War Museum with some fantastic treats including.
Drinks Reception   |   Music   |   Guest Speakers

With each successful bidder receiving a specially selected hamper.

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Tuesday 19th September 2023 from 1pm to 8pm
Wednesday 20th September 2023 from 9am


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