15th Mar, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

 
  Lot 81
 

1930 Alvis Silver Eagle Atlantic Saloon
Uprated with a pre-production Speed 20 2.5 litre engine

Sold for £22,500

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: LG 3480
Chassis No: 8109
MOT: Exempt

  • Supplied new via James Edwards & Sons Ltd of Chester to R.G. Cornelius Esq of Liverpool
  • Uprated with a prototype Speed 20 engine by subsequent keeper Peter Harding during 1956
  • Highly original and subject to much sensitive conservation work in recent years
  • Treated to a new clutch, replacement wiring loom, refurbished front axle and overhauled carburettors by the vendor
  • The subject of a feature article in The Automobile magazine (May 2022 issue)

Championed by the likes of Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Invicta, six-cylinder engines became synonymous with prestige motoring during the 1920s. Debuting in 1927, the Alvis 14.75 owed much to the Coventry marque’s existing 12/50 four-cylinder model. Based around a robust ladder frame chassis equipped with all-round, semi-elliptic leaf-sprung suspension and four-wheel drum brakes, the newcomer could be had with a variety of open and closed coachwork. A capacity increase from 1870cc to 2148cc saw the 14.75 become the 16.95 during late 1928. Reputedly capable of 80mph, Alvis’s six-cylinder offering was rechristened the Silver Eagle in March 1929 and gained a wider-tracked, lower-slung chassis the following summer.

Clothed as an Atlantic Saloon by Carbodies and initially finished in Black with Green leather upholstery, chassis 8109 was despatched to dealer James Edwards & Sons Ltd of Chester on 19th February 1930. First owned by R.G. Cornelius of Liverpool, his successors have included Lincoln Jones, Ian Roberts, Peter Harding, Max Williamson, Edward Roberts, Daniel Geoghegan and the vendor. Mr Harding fitted the Silver Eagle with a pre-production Speed 20 engine (2511cc) in 1956 which not only greatly enhanced its performance but also mimicked an experiment that Alvis itself had conducted in-period (‘The Vintage Alvis’ by Peter Hull and Norman Johnson mentions five such enhanced machines being completed with their powerplants all being cast pre-1931). Belonging to Mr Roberts for thirty-seven years (1976-2013), the uprated Saloon was sympathetically recommissioned by Mr Geoghegan with attention being paid to its ash frame (Keith Hill), original interior (Harry Fraser) and running gear (Classic Performance Engineering) plus new wire wheels / tyres. Upgraded with a 4.5:1 CWP prior to entering the current ownership, the past five years have seen the Silver Eagle benefit from a modern clutch, replacement exhaust system, rewiring (Winston Teague), overhauled front axle (Robin Harcourt-Smith) and tuned SU carburettors. Boasting an inimitable patina and recently featured by The Automobile magazine (May 2022 issue), ‘LG 3480’ is only being offered for sale to make room for another project.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
damian.jones@handh.co.uk
07855 493737

 

Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 15th Mar, 2023

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