20th Sep, 2023 12:00

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

Lot 429

1934 Alvis Silver Eagle Special
Known as the ''Ashby Eagle''

Sold for £27,333

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: US 6102
Chassis No: 11429
MOT: Exempt

  • Known as the ''Ashby Eagle''
  • Fitted with a ''Crested Eagle'' triple carburettor engine
  • Full engine rebuild in the 2000s
  • Well-known within the Alvis Owner Club

Introduced in 1935, the Alvis Silver Eagle SG 16.95 shared a number of design features with the marque's legendary Speed 20 model. Based - like its illustrious sibling - around a double-dropped ladder-frame chassis equipped with all-round semi-elliptic leaf-sprung suspension and fourteen-inch cable-operated drum brakes, it was powered by a smaller capacity version (2362cc vs. 2511cc) of the same triple SU carburettor fed OHV straight-six engine. Employing a shorter wheelbase than its sportier forebear, the Silver Eagle SG had the further advantage of an all synchromesh four-speed manual gearbox. Available with a choice of open or closed coachwork by the likes of Cross & Ellis and Holbrook, the Silver Eagle SG was a strong yet refined performer in the best traditions of the Coventry manufacturer.

The "Ashby Eagle," an extraordinary Alvis special, carries a rich and factual history that adds to its allure. Originally delivered to J.H. Galt Ltd of Glasgow on April 28th, 1934, it began its life as a Sports Saloon by Cross & Ellis. However, in the 1980s, it underwent a significant transformation under the ownership of Mr. Ashby, when it was rebuilt and rebodied as a Special by Comptons of Welshpool. As the "Ashby Eagle," this remarkable vehicle garnered recognition and became well-known within the automotive community. It was fitted with a notable "Crested Eagle" triple carburettor engine, which added to its performance and distinction on the road. In the 2000s, the engine underwent a full rebuild, with meticulous attention to detail carried out by Alvis specialist Red Triangle. The accompanying collection of invoices from this reputable source stands as a testament to the thoroughness of the restoration, ensuring the vehicle's optimal performance and reliability. The "Ashby Eagle" comes with a large and comprehensive history file, containing historical notes from previous owners. This valuable documentation provides insight into the car's journey through time, enhancing its historical significance and appeal to enthusiasts and collectors. With its fascinating backstory and notable transformation, the "Ashby Eagle" holds a prominent place within the Alvis Owner Club.

For more information, please contact:
Julian Pinkster
07889 223 904


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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