Quality car manufacturer Alvis launched the Silver Eagle in 1929, essentially a development of the earlier 14.75hp model with an extended chassis and engine size increased to 2,148cc and rated at 16.95hp. The six-cylinder format was retained and early in the production run three S.U carburettors were adopted, enhancing the model's performance. To 16.95hp specification the Silver Eagle in tourer form would record 80mph top speed with 20mpg fuel economy at more normal speeds. The new car was designed to accommodate more luxurious coachwork, as was the later Crested Eagle, and sold well alongside the more sporting Speed 20 and the smaller four-cylinder Firefly and Firebird models.
This car was first registered in Scotland in June 1934 and retains its original valuable registration number. The continuation buff logbook offered with the car records ownership in Lancashire in the 1960s and 1970s before crossing the Pennines to Yorkshire. Originally recorded as being fitted with saloon coachwork, the car was restored in the early 1970s by noted collector/restorer Jack Buckley who re-bodied the car in its present striking tourer configuration. The interior was upholstered in burgundy leather and a new hood and set of sidescreens manufactured. The car has recently been acquired by the vendor from long-term ownership and we are told that it is not yet recorded with The Alvis Owner Club. In 2011 the engine was dismantled for overhaul, the major work involving machining and white metaling of the crankshaft and con-rods by respected specialist Ian Burlingham of York, this work costing in excess of £1,000. The engine remains dismantled for inspection. The car is equipped with a side mounted spare wheel, Silver Eagle radiator mascot, Alvis 'tripod' headlamps, and complete dashboard instrumentation.
Potentially a most handsome car with legendary Alvis six-cylinder performance, here is a most viable project for the Alvis enthusiast with more mechanical skill than budget. Reassembly appears a straightforward procedure although the car is offered strictly as viewed. It comes with old buff logbook, Swansea V5C registration document and a quantity of Alvis Owner Club magazines.