Collection Spotlight at AMC: 1936 Alvis Silver Eagle SG

Posted: November 20th, 2014
Collection Spotlight: 1936 Alvis Silver Eagle SG Tomb4 Seat Sport Touring Body by Cross and Ellis
1936 Alvis Silver Eagle SG-Pierce
1936 Alvis Silver Eagle SG

Engine: Six Cylinder 2.4L
Transmission:
4 Speed Full Synchromesh

New to America’s Car Museum and on display in the Custom Coachworks exhibit is this beautiful 1936 Alvis Silver Eagle SG 4 Seat Sport Touring body by Cross and Ellis with Speed 20 trim. The Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd (1919-1967) was a British manufacturing firm located in Coventry, England. In 1932 Avis had gained distinction manufacturing the first cars equipped with an all synchromesh gearbox.

The Silver Eagle model produced for the 1935 and 1936 model years was a new design for Alvis, producing a total of 700 Silver Eagle SA and SG versions. There were only a total of 15 Silver Eagles bodied by Cross & Ellis and of the 15, only nine remain worldwide. The Silver Eagle SG Sport Touring Cross and Ellis on display at America’s Car Museum is currently the only one in the United States.

The car was a special order delivered in April of 1936 to owner Grange Sheard of Cleckheaton Yorks, England. It is presumed that the car was stored away during the inactive years from 1951 to 1966 and in 1967, the car was imported into the United States to a buyer in Seattle. Once here, the car changed hands three times ending up in the ownership of George Raab of Sammamish, Washington. Mr. Raab owned it for 37 years, and completed a full restoration of the car in 1989. From that time until 2014, the car was only seen publicly once, at the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance in Oregon. When the current owner purchased the car in 2013 from the Raab’s estate, all it needed was a thorough detailing and mechanical servicing. Today, remarkably, it looks as good as it did when it rolled out of the restoration shop 25 years ago.

In January of 2014, following the comprehensive application and review process through the Classic Car Club of America, the car was recognized as a full classic as outlined by the CCCA. The car has been shown in a number of Northwest events including the Concours d’Elegance at The Wood in Lynnwood, Washington, Crescent Beach Concours d’Elegance, Vancouver, British Columbia and most recently at the Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance at America’s Car Museum.

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About LeMay – America’s Car Museum (www.lemaymuseum.org)
LeMay – America’s Car Museum, which opened in June 2012 in Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The four-level, 165,000 sq. ft. museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, offering a majestic view above the Foss Waterway, is located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome and contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. For information on Museum hours, becoming an ACM member, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum.org.
Contacts:  PCG – Jacob Brown (424) 903-3676 (jbrown@pacificcommunicationsgroup.com)
ACM – Ashley Bice (253) 683-3954 (Ashley.bice@lemaymuseum.org)

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