29th Nov, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

Lot 34

1936 Alvis Silver Crest 20hp Four Light Saloon

Estimated at £24,000 - £28,000

Lot details

Registration No: NXS 793
Chassis No:

  • Reputedly one of less than twenty known survivors from 344 Silver Crests made
  • Marked from new as an export model, car number 19149 was destined for South Africa
  • A very smart and usable post-Vintage thoroughbred Saloon
  • Offered with V5C document plus additional history records sourced from the Alvis Owners Club

Introduced in September 1936, the Silver Crest was underpinned by a notably stiff ladder frame chassis featuring no fewer than six crossmembers. Like its illustrious Speed 25 and 4.3 Litre siblings, the newcomer boasted an all-synchromesh four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension and large diameter drum brakes. Available with a choice of saloon or drophead coupe coachwork, the newcomer could also be had with 16.95hp (2362cc) or 20hp (2762cc) straight-six OHV engines. Developing some 95bhp @ 4,000rpm and plentiful torque, the larger engined models were good for over 80mph. Popular among special builders because of their robust and tuneable running gear, fewer than twenty of the 344 Silver Crests made are thought to have survived to the present day.

Part of private and museum collections for many years, 'NXS 793' is a notably early example and could be said to represent the best specification for the model combining as it does the larger-20hp engine with the smaller four-light body. Marked from new as an export model, car number 19149 was destined for South Africa, where it spent much of its early life before being acquired by a US-based collector. The Alvis resided in the aforementioned private museum in the US for over 30 years before being repatriated into Europe. After some time with a Dutch collector, in 2010, ownership passed to the current vendor.

The Alvis has been subject to previous minor restoration works in the past, we believe whilst in the US-based collection. At this time the paintwork was refinished in the current Black and Grey two-tone scheme, which suits the car well. The paintwork is, we understand, in very good condition with minor signs of age, and we are pleased to note that the correct rear wheel spats are fitted to the car. The chrome work is generally in good order, as are the Lucas head and side lamps. We note the car even features hydraulic jacks, of course we’d hope you’ll never need to use them.

The leather interior is in excellent condition, free from noticeable signs of wear, and matched by equally bright looking doors cards, roof lining and carpets. Similarly, the veneered dash presents in fine order, with only minor lifting of lacquer here and there. The more powerful six-cylinder engine is said to start and idle nicely and moves the Crest along in a smooth and civilised manner, with a well-mannered gearbox and a comfortable ride. All in all, a lovely, ‘proper’ old car with much charm. The Alvis is offered with a UK V5C document in addition to other history records sourced from the Alvis Owners Club.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 29th Nov, 2023

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