Lot 239 - 1936 12840 Silver Eagle Four-seat Open Tourer
|Odometer reading||8,774 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £35,280|
T.G. John and Co. Ltd was founded in 1919 and produced some truly technically innovative motorcars during the inter-war period. Its first products were stationary engines and carburettor bodies although later became known for championing small-capacity, high-performance engines.
'Well equipped, beautifully finished and of up-to-date design, the price of £595 is moderate considering the quality of the chassis and coachwork,' was how Motor magazine summed up the new 16hp Alvis Silver Eagle saloon in April 1934.
Performance, appearance and finish are all well above the levels found in the more conventional offerings and, with an air of quiet and good breeding, the Alvis brand not only has much to offer its owner in terms of performance but speaks volumes about its owner's sense of taste and style.
This fascinating example was delivered to the UK but then exported to the US shortly after the end of the Second World War. Mr. Potter of Illinois kept it during that time before ownership passed to Jim Wilson of Redondo Beach, California. During this enthusiastic partnership, the car was comprehensively overhauled and the original four seat open touring coachwork by Alvis' Coventry neighbours, Cross & Ellis, although now badly corroded, was re-modelled to its current 'Cross & Ellis' inspired open touring specification with side-mounted spare wheel. The works undertaken have clearly been carried out to a very high specification as is evident upon inspection.
The interior has been completely re-trimmed in deep tan leather with matching carpets to the floor. The chrome-work is excellent, a new wiring loom and convertible top has also been fitted, all to the highest standard. Importantly, the engine has also been rebuilt with full white metal bearings and correct 'nip', new pistons, valves and head.
Back in the UK, this fine example has formed the corner-stone of a Hampshire collection, known locally for the quality of the motorcars kept within it. This delightful 1930's sporting thoroughbred is offered with sundry restoration invoices, HM Customs and Excise document 386, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 registration document.
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