Alvis Silver Eagle Special, 1935
Alvis Silver Eagle Special, year 1935. Colour dark blue with dark red leather seats. The car is a 1935 Alvis Special based on a 1935 Silver Eagle chassis. The car was built into it's current specification by Sherwood Restorations in Nottingham, over a 5 year period, in the 1970 ‘ies. The chassis was shortened and lightened and a full 1935 Speed 25 driveline was fitted.
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The Alvis Silver Eagle SG was built in the years 1935 and 1936 next to the almost identical sister model SF. The SF fitted with a 2148 cc. six cylinder engine, the SG was given a more powerful 2362 cc. six cylinder engine. The models can be distinguished by the shape of the radiator, the SF has a flat radiator, the SG has a V-shape radiator. 677 SF vand SG cars have been built ion various models (sports tourer, drop head coupe and two saloons) of which 75 are known to survive. Additionally some chassis were fitted with special bodywork like the one presented by Cross & Ellis.
Six cylinder in-line engine (OHV)
Cylinder capacity: 2362 cc.
3 S.U. carburettors
Capacity: 66 pk. at 4200 rpm.
Top-speed: 75 mph. - 120 km/h.
Brakes: mechanical drum brakes all round
Gearbox: 4-speed, manual, fully synchronized
Weight: approx. 1350 kg. depending on bodywork
*Source: The Story of the Red Triangle
Alvis was founded by Thomas George John and G.P. de Freville. The first cars built under the Alvis name were manufactured in 1920, and the last Alvis (sports) cars came out of the factory in Coventry 47 years later. The ending of the brand name Alvis was sealed when it was incorporated into the British Leyland concern, where it became part of Rover.
The Alvis cars were of great quality and workmanship and were very fast as well. As for their cars, many parts were designed and manufactured by Alvis’ own staff, and production was small-scaled and exclusive. In the 1920s, Alvis was the first British car model to experiment with four-wheel drive. In fact, in 1925, they even manufactured sports and racing cars equipped with front-wheel drive, which had also been fitted with an overhead camshaft.
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