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Author Topic: Info wanted on E J Newns/Eagle Coachworks  (Read 1150 times)
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« on: 19 December, 2020, 02:01:37 PM »

Hi All

This was received on the forum email, so if anyone has any info etc, please add to the thread as I have copied a link to Jan.



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Together with another member of the Railton Owners Club I am working on an article on the coach builder E.J. Newns in Thames Ditton, also know as Eagle Coachworks. They are reported to have build 12 Aprilia’s in the late 1930’s, the majority were cabriolets but they did two or three saloons. We have not been able to find a photograph of such a saloon, and it would be greatly appreciated if you could ask your forum members whether they can help with this. Any other information on Newns/Eagle is always welcome, of course.

Be safe and healthy, best wishes for Christmas,

Jan G Roosenburg

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« Reply #1 on: 22 December, 2020, 04:06:53 PM »

This Aprilia Saloon was at a Club event in 1995, if my memory serves me correctly it was by Newns, but I can't be 100% sure.

* Aprilia Saloon COPYRIGHT Image.jpg (443.67 KB, 1141x846 - viewed 95 times.)

* Aprilia Saloon COPYRIGHT Image..jpg (330.89 KB, 991x711 - viewed 93 times.)

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« Reply #2 on: 22 December, 2020, 05:54:22 PM »

Here's a stash of pictures of the Eagle Cabriolet. I find it a far more elegant car than the saloon.

* Aprilia Eagle Cabriolet 1.jpg (67.67 KB, 500x375 - viewed 255 times.)

* Aprilia Eagle Cabriolet 2.jpg (69.58 KB, 500x375 - viewed 246 times.)

* Aprilia Eagle Cabriolet 4.jpg (55.18 KB, 500x375 - viewed 254 times.)

* Aprilia Eagle Cabriolet 9.jpg (126.6 KB, 622x467 - viewed 260 times.)

* Aprilia Eagle Cabriolet 10.jpg (112.64 KB, 622x467 - viewed 265 times.)

* Aprilia Eagle Cabriolet 11.jpg (115.51 KB, 622x467 - viewed 256 times.)

* Aprilia Eagle Cabriolet 12.jpg (104.76 KB, 622x467 - viewed 240 times.)

* Aprilia Eagle Cabriolet 17.jpg (119.28 KB, 622x467 - viewed 246 times.)
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« Reply #3 on: 22 December, 2020, 06:00:04 PM »

Do you have any address details, Thames Ditton is four or five miles from me, happy to take some photos of their location
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« Reply #4 on: 22 December, 2020, 09:39:14 PM »

Newns / Eagle Coachworks of Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton were mentioned in Motor Sport Magazine, November 1935 as per attached image.

It looks as if Eagle, like a lot of companies in WWII, then turned its ability to helping the war effort; in this case making plexiglass domes for the RAF:
I realise this is Eagle Components rather than Eagle Coachwork(s) but given the reference to Newnes (sic), Portsmouth Road and Thames Ditton it seems reasonable to assume it's related!

* Newns - Motor Sport Magazine Nov 1935.jpg (603.88 KB, 1137x1414 - viewed 91 times.)
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« Reply #5 on: 23 December, 2020, 08:14:10 AM »
Nothing to do with Eagle Coachworks other than they also moved to Thames Ditton from West Norwood and also switched production during the War - interesting history though
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« Reply #6 on: 23 December, 2020, 11:31:27 AM »

The picture captioned as Eagle components making plexiglass domes must be miscaptioned. I'd say they are making drop tanks.
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