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Alvis Crested Eagle 1933 - 1939

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This car shared many features with other models and was rather less sporting in character. Accordingly its survival rate is disappointingly low as many were pillaged in the 1950s and 1960s to yield spares for their more glamorous sisters. It was produced in a bewildering range of variants with 6 cylinder engines of 2148 cc (TE 16.95), 2511 cc (TD & TE 19.82), 2762 cc (TF, TG, TJ & TK 19.82) and 3571 cc (TA, TB, TC and TD 25.63), on chassis of 10'3" or 11' wheelbase. The power units were very similar to the contemporary Silver Eagle, Speed 20 and Speed 25 engines, sometimes with valve gear differences.

1936 Crested Eagle TF 19.82 Charlesworth saloon

Earlier models had single Solex carburettors in place of the triple SUs on the sporting cars, but later examples had the familiar multiple arrangement. Independent front suspension was used for the first time since the FWD, featuring a massive transverse leaf set across the chassis and wishbones mounted underneath. The chassis was set higher than on the "Speed" models, without the pronounced drop. Initially ENV preselector gearboxes were fitted, but from 1936 these were discarded in favour of the all synchromesh Alvis unit. Brakes, rear axle and steering box came from the middle thirties parts bin, along with the engines. An imposing tall, tapering radiator complemented the more upright bodies.

1936 Crested Eagle 20 Charlesworth saloon

The familiar "jelly mould" wheels and knock-on hubs completed the ensemble. An astonishing variety of coachwork styles appeared on this long-running and successful model, from formal 6 light limousines through 4 and 6 light saloons and elegant 4 light semi "razor edge" limousines, sedanças de ville, to drophead coupés and even a few tourers. Bodies were roomier than those on the more dashing "Speed" models, very comfortable and well appointed. The bigger engined Crested Eagles were no mean performers for their day, capable of 85 mph, and handled well too. Production totalled around 650 examples, a high figure for a car costing £750 to around £900. If these figures seem low, remember that the average annual wage for a working man was about £200!

1935 Crested Eagle TG 19.82 Mayfair

1937 Alvis 19.82 Crested Eagle TJ

dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 3124 mm 123 in  
Track front 1422 mm 56 in  
rear 1422 mm 56 in  
Length 4851 mm 191 in  
Width 1778 mm 70 in  
Ground clearance 191 mm 7.5 in  
Kerb weight 1780 kg 3924 lb  
Weight distribution
Fuel capacity 90.9
UK Gal
US Gal
Manufacturer Alvis
Type S-6
12 valves total
2 valves per cylinder
Bore × stroke 73.00mm × 110.00mm
2.87 in × 4.33 in
Bore/Stroke ratio 0.66
Displacement 2762 cc
(168.548 cu in)
Unitary capacity 460.33 cc/cylinder
Compression ratio 5.85:1
Fuel system 1 SU carb
Aspiration Normal
Compressor type N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic Converter N
Max. output 78.1 PS (77.0 bhp) (57.4 kW)
@4250 rpm
Max. torque
Coolant Water
Specific output 27.9 bhp/litre
0.46 bhp/cu in
Power-to-weight 43.26 bhp/ton
Engine location Front
Engine alignment Longitudinal
Suspension Front I.TL.
Rear LA.SE.
Transmission 4M
Drive RWD
Final drive ratio 5.22