Crested Eagle

THE ALVIS “CRESTED EAGLE” MODEL                                28 March 2014

 The Crested Eagle model was introduced in May 1933 and continued in production until 1939, producing 602 chassis. It competed in the Luxury Class with the majority of the automobiles bodied as Owner-Driven Saloons or Limousines, but also included a smattering of Sporty models. Coachbuilders Charlesworth Bodies Ltd. and Mayfair Carriage Company dominated this model Alvis, but there were at least eleven (11) other coachbuilders utilized.

Of the 602 Crested Eagles produced over 7 years, research indicates that fifty-one (51) have survived: forty-two (42) as complete automobiles, four (4) as Specials, and five (5) as just chassis or a collection of parts. Of course, we’re hopeful that there are cars “out there” that we just haven’t heard about for 30 or 40 years.

The “Complete Automobiles” remaining include:

23 Charlesworth Saloons: 13 in UK, 2 in New Zealand, and 1 each in Australia, USA,

Belgium, Italy, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, and Namibia.

11 Mayfair Limousines: 9 in UK, 1 in Switzerland, and 1 in Japan.

2 R.E.A.L. Tourers (R.E. Alltman, Ltd.) : 1 in UK, 1 in USA.

1 Vanden Plas Drop Head Coupe, in England.

1 Martin and King 4-Light Saloon, in Australia.

1 Holbrook 4-Light Saloon, in Australia.

1 Cross & Ellis Drop Head Coupe, in Germany.

1 Salmons Folding Top Saloon, in UK.

1 Mayfair Sedanca DeVille, in Germany.

The “Specials” are: 2 in England, 1 in Ireland, and 1 in Germany.

The “Chassis or Parts” are: 2 in England, 1 in Australia, 1 in Denmark, and 1 in Germany.

Wheelbase was either 10’ 3” or 11’ . Engines were in-line, 6 cylinder. There were multiple designations depending on year produced, displacement, and chassis length:

1933, 1934, 1935 : 16.95 hp, 2148 cc – TE

1933, 1934, 1935 : 19.82 hp, 2511 cc – TD & TE

1936                      : 19.82 hp, 2762 cc – TF & TG

1937, 1938, 1939 : 19.82 hp, 2762 cc – TJ & TK

1937                         : 25.63 hp, 3571 cc – TA & TB

1938, 1939             : 25.63 hp, 3571 cc – TC & TD

The 19.82 hp engines generally had a single Solex carburetor, and the 25.63 hp engines carried triple SU carburetors.

Some of the photos following are of Crested Eagles that no longer exist. We have identified fifty-nine (59) which have been scrapped. There are certainly more. Saloons and Limousines were widely used as “parts cars” to keep Sports Models (Speed 20s and Speed 25s) operating through World War II and since.

The following photos have been collected for the Alvis Archive and Alvis Owner Club. If you have other photos of Crested Eagles, please email them to: Alvis Archive Trust at alvisarchive@btinternet.com, and to the AOC Crested Eagle Model Secretary at ROBTLMERRILL@HOTMAIL.COM.

Ch 12898, BXR 853, Bob Merrill owned for 38 years, 1 Aug 2004.
Ch 12898, BXR 853, Bob Merrill owned for 38 years, 1 Aug 2004.

ENJOY!

And there’s more……..

 

And there are still more…

AND FINALLY SOME KNOWN UNKNOWNS…

CAN YOU IDENTIFY ANY OF THESE?

6 thoughts on “Crested Eagle”

  1. Great site good info. We love our Crested Eagle ALE 850.
    very much the luxury end of Alvis motoring.
    Eric Ody

  2. AVF 990..glad to see it still survives, credit to its current owner. This car was in our family from 1957 until 1970.Would love to find out more of its whereabouts and its restoration, have a huge collection of family photographs with Alvis taking prominence. Huge amount of stories also !

    1. Thank you for this……our Crested Eagle Model Secretary will be in touch with you. He has current information on the present ownership and will be delighted to have the earlier history.

      1. David,
        Great to hear from you.
        AVF 990, Chassis 13241, has been owned by Dr. Pierre Gerkens of Dusseldorf, Germany since 1991. I suspect that all previous owners participated in its restoration – but don’t know any specific details.
        The AOC and Alvis Archive Trust would love to see any period photos of this car and hear your stories. You could email them to me and I can have them entered into the Trust or forward to the Editor of the AOC Bulletin. We’d love to see and hear from you.
        Bob Merrill, Crested Eagle Model Secretary, ROBTLMERRILL@HOTMAIL.COM.

  3. Does anyone have a photograph of the Sedanca DeVille currently residing in Germany. I briefly owned her after taking her as part ex on FRF 303 from Mike Cummins. My German customer arrived with a Transit and trailer and off it went on it’s travels.

    1. David,
      See photos above for Chassis 13764, DXR 270. Owned by Manfred Fleischmann of Altenstadt, Germany – and undergoing a full restoration. It is the only Sedanca DeVille on a Crested Eagle chassis.
      Bob Merrill

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