“ A vintage classic, the Silver Cross Coachbuilt is certainly an iconic design. Beautifully designed, very well built and will last for years and years. A little big and cumbersome for some, and can be awkward to use. „
My silver cross coach built pram is now 24 years old. I have used it for my own 3 children and my neice. I still have all the original covers etc on it, and also have all the original canopy and pram covers. They all look as good as new. Every time I was finished with them I wrapped them in tissue paper and put them away. My pram was used for approx 5 years solid as I had my 3 children all close together. I even have the wee seat that goes on it for another child. Well this year my first grandchild will be born, and yes the pram will be used again my myself, as the young ones these days say it old fashioned. All I can say to that is the prams nowadays would never last as long. I think its a great achievement that my pram is now going to be the same one I used for my son and now his baby also.
When I had my third daughter three years ago I wasn't sure what pram to buy, I wanted something more stylish than the strollers that were available but as I do a lot of city walking I also knew I needed one which would allow my baby to be comfortable as she slept. My good old mum solved the problem by buying me this beautiful Silver Cross Coach Built pram, she'd used them when my sister and I were babies and knew I'd love the classic look of it.
Mine is a pink one as by the time mum bought the pram I knew I was having a girl, it's not the cheapest pram and cost nearly £400 but it was used constantly until my daughter was old enough to walk herself and now I've taken it out of the loft in readiness for the birth of my fourth baby in December. Hopefully this one will be a girl too as I'll feel a bit weird pushing a little lad in such a pink girly pram!
It's a beautiful pram in both looks and functionality. It's not very practical if you use public transport, but then I'm not a public transport kinda girl so the fact that it's not much good for buses or trains isn't a problem for me. You need a large car to transport the pram, again not a problem for me as at the time we were driving a very large Ford Galaxy which had plenty of room for the chassis and actual pram. It doesn't fold particularly small so remember this if you buy it and then look over at your Nissan Micra and wonder how the hell you're going to get it in!
This pram is suitable from birth and I've got to say that babies look so comfortable lying in this compared to the smaller prams which are available. The mattress is thicker than most Moses basket matresses and you make it up like a bed so that baby is snug, warm and comfortable whatever the weather. There's a raiseable backrest which means you can use it for older babies and toddlers too, not like the modern travel systems which are pretty much defunct by the time your baby outgrows the car seat. The backrest is easy to put up and down too, and the length of the pram means that even a larger toddler will be able to lie down to sleep without being all scrunched up.
The very best thing about this pram is that it is so easy to push. I live in Birmingham and love walking along the canal paths with the dog, the large wheels and brilliant suspension on this pram makes easy work of pushing it over the lumpy bumpy ground of the canals and it can even tackle the very uneven surfaces of our local Sutton Park without looking like it's jolting baby enough to cause a spell of shaken-baby syndrome! Unlike a Hauck buggy I also own, but that's a whole other review!
The shopping basket underneath the pram is also miles better than I've seen on any modern prams, it will hold so much shopping it's untrue. I miss having the seperate handles to hang my shopping off but at the same time love the bar handle as it makes it incredibly comfortable to hold onto, the ridged plastic strip running along the handle makes sure I can get a good grip and you can also buy clips to attach to the handle which will hold bags of shopping if you really need to do this.
There is a safety harness for strapping baby into the pram, and also a good brake which has never failed me and looks strong enough to cope even on a steep hill. The large hood means it's not always necessary to use a parasol in the sunshine, but I'm sure you can buy some kind of shade which fits across the opening of the hood if you want to shield baby's eyes from the glare.
Another fabby aspect of this pram is that the sprung chassis means it's easier to rock baby to sleep, this might not seem a big deal to you but when you've got a baby who doesn't like napping during the day it's a godsend to be able to sit in front of the tele just getting into an up and down rocking rhythm to get your little 'un to drift off. Or just shut them up, depending on the constitution of your baby.
I think these prams have been discontinued now, but you can still buy them second hand and they do last well so don't be put off by thinking 'I don't want a used pram for my baby'. Even used you can expect to pay up to £200 depending on the condition of the pram, but use your head because replacement parts can be very expensive for this pram so make sure there's nothing that is going to need replacing or fixing after you buy it. Also I'd recommend trying to find as complete a set as possible because if you get home and realise you need to buy X, Y and/or Z for it then it will soon mount up so that you might as well have bought a newer pram. For example, a replacement hood for this style pram is a whopping £130 (cheapest price) and a new wheel could cost you as much as a simpler pushchair.
I wouldn't be without this pram and actually kept it after my daughter was too old for it even though we weren't planning to have any more children. I have my eye on a more modern design and plan to use the two so I can have the best of both worlds whether I am on foot or travelling by car, having (soon) four children means this pram will not fit in the boot of our seven seater as I will need to raise both back seats so I do need something a bit more practical for when I am using the car.
I am a grandmother of five and regretfully waited until my last grandchild was born seven years ago to buy a coach built pram so I could have the pleasure of wheeling her around in it. I say regretfully as I wish I had done it when my first grandchild was born almost eighteen years ago!.
The model I bought was a re-conditioned 1960's model. A beautiful pram made by Silver Cross in their Wilson range called ''La Vicomtesse''. This model has distinctive curved sides to the body known as the Versailles type, white with navy blue strip, and navy blue hood and apron, and strap hung suspension, it glided along like a dream.
My grandaughter and I loved it. She could lie down flat and get a proper sleep, and when she started to sit up she could survey the world from a position high enough to avoid the traffic fumes (safely strapped into a harness) and look like a princess riding in a carriage. It was a completly different experience from pushing my other grandchildren in their modern unsprung travel system type pushchairs, when I felt every bump in the pavement so the babies must have felt if they were being jerked along, and they looked so squashed in those narrow seats.
I bought a big white canopy from e-bay for the summer so the pram could look even more beautiful as well as providing the baby with a sunshade, plus a shopping tray and navy blue pram bag and with these accessories the pram was completly enhanced in appearance. I dont have to add all the compliments we got when using this pram and needless to say I took every opportunity to take her out.
These prams are impossible to get into a car-a fact that did not endear it to the baby's parents-so beautiful as they are, a car owning family buying one of these prams will need to have a foldable buggy. Even if you do not own a car you will still need a small buggy for use on public transport, as these prams would not be allowed on a bus.
Owing to their size it goes without saying they are not popular in shops.
I had a coach built pram for my two children but this was in the 1970's when the world was a much safer place and you could leave your baby outside a shop in a pram.
You need room in your house to ''stand'' it in.I kept this pram in my hall but as I have a narrow hall space it did cause a few problems, also not advisable if your house has steps at your front door'
When your baby begins to sit up, a pram harness is a must, all these prams have rings inside the body to attach a pram harness to, so the baby must be strapped in at all times, even when sleeping.
Highly priced. I have seen new coach built prams priced up to over 1,000 pounds, second hand ones are cheaper if you don't mind them pre used. I bought mine for 500 pounds from a pram restorer and it was like new and spotlessly clean.
I hope I have described all the pro's and con's of having a coach built pram. If anyone can find anymore I would be pleased to know about them, I am open to all comments. Overall these prams provide perfect comfort for your baby, and are far more elegant than all the modern functional forms of baby transport, which includes all the must have trendy types. Just look at all the advantages and disadvantages of these prams befor buying to make sure they are right for you and your baby, or you could end up with a beautiful but expensive hardly used item.
Apologies for the length of this review but I felt I had to give what I think is a fair description
When expecting my first child I decided only a coachbuilt Silver Cross pram would do for me. The baby would have a smooth ride, s/he would be able to lie down in comfort instead of being scrunched up in one of the modern prams. The vinyl interior must surely be more hygienic and easy to clean than the cloth ones in modern prams. Baby would be able to sleep outside in the garden or inside the house through the day and not have to be put to bed for a nap.
However, what I didn't realise was just how large and cumbersome these prams are. Shopping was a nightmare. Manouvering such a large pram into the shops was impractical, leaving it outside while I shopped was dangerous.
True, admiring comments were many but mainly from middle aged women who probably had their kids in a safer era than we live in today, when leaving baby and pram outside shops posed no security risk to either child or carriage.
By the time Baby was 10 months old and sitting up in the beloved Silver Cross, he became restless and after several attempts to climb out I decided it was time to move with the times and succumbed to the modern, lightweight pram which was nearer the ground should he fall out!
Silver Cross prams are no longer made at the Guiseley factory, but they fetch a good price on E Bay auction site. Mine? Oh no, I couldn't possibly sell it, I shall keep it safely stored away and some day maybe I will have grandchildren and I will be able to take a leisurely stroll to the park with my pride and joy!
When the Silver Cross factory at Garforth closed down I said to myself, I had better get one now, before they are extinct. I paid £80 for the pram, covers, quilt, sun canopy & mattress(I got rid of that), that was tne years ago. I had my first 1 year ago now and my pram has been a godsend.
Since the arrival of kneeling buses I have been able to travel on them with it. It really is my pride & joy. With a little elbow grease, washing powder & tennis shoe whitener I was able to spruce up the wheels to look like new. People always stopped me & said how nice it was to see a proper pram. I can feel my heart welling up with pride. It looks beautiful & it's my babies in it.
I had two babies in it till they were 13mon & 10 mon, sat up most of the time, but if they laid on their sides they could sleep. I sat them in it at home and they could sit and gaze out of the window, play peepo with the curtains and many other delightful games.
I have just put it away till the next as they climb up the sides. I will be using it for the next, although it does need a lot of repair work as I damaged it taking in on holiday and packing all sorts around it. It does fit into the back of my estate and I found it easier to put down than a three wheeler double pushchair I bought(and sold) recently.
my silver cross pram is my pride and joy.It is eighteen years old and still looks as good as new.It was handed on to me by my aunty and she bought it of her friend and my four month old is the sixth baby to use it.I knew before I was even pregnant with my eldest now four that I wanted a proper pram and the admiring glances we ge when we are out is amazing,people always comment on the pram and say how nice it is to see a proper pram.My son always looks comfortable and there is plenty of space for him to stretch out.The shopping tray holds more stuff than you would ever believe,even a four year old boy! I like nothing better than going for a long walk on a sunny day with the pram,its chrome work polished up so it glints in the sunlight.My friend takes the mick because I have an old fashioned pram compared to her sporty Mamas and Papas pushchair but her pram will never look as good at eighteen year old as mine does,hers will be old fashioned then but mine will have never aged.I will be sad when my son outgrows the pram but who knows I might need it again someday!
When my oldest child was expected my mother insisted on buying my baby a 'proper' pram. I was not so sure as there seemed to be so many other options which had not been available when we were babys. As my mother was paying I agreed to get what she wanted to get. I am so glad I did. My pram is a grey colour with 4 large wheels and excellent suspension. There is a mattress inside and hooks to attach reins to. If your child is ready to sit up there is a back rest that can be lifted and it is very easy for a baby to lie down in it. The body of the pram is long enough for quite an old baby to lie down and have a rest. I would happily push a child in this until they are ready to walk a lot of the way. It is very easy to rock a child to sleep in this pram without even going any where. When I am going to my local shops this pram is brilliant. I can fit an awful lot of shopping on and in this pram. I have seen people using a pram as a shopping trolly, it is excellent for that. Under the body of the pram I have a shopping basket which can fit 4 bags of shopping. The baby usually takes up no more than a third of the space so there is plenty of space in there to add more shopping. WARNING DO NOT OVERLOAD AS NEW WHEELS ARE EXPENSIVE. When you have a new baby and a toddler a pram seat can easily fixed onto the top and it is still not too hard to push. You can fit 2 babys in one pram. I would not advise it too often but we have had 2 babys aged about 5 months in together and there was not a word of complaing from either of them. Pushing the pram is a dream. The pram almost pushes itself, not up hill though! Rough ground is nothing to this carriage. I have pushed mine all over the place and it can cope. When travelling the pram stays at home as it is too big for the car and I could not get it easily onto a bus. But when I am walking around my local area people regularly comment on how nice it
is to see a 'proper' pram. I just think it is nice to use a proper pram. I am glad that my mother insisted on buying a proper pram. I have had various pushchair for my children, they never seem to last for more than 2 children. My pram is still going strong. It looks a bit sad compared to 11 years ago but it is just as comfortable and easy to push.
Although I have placed this opinion under Silver cross Coachbuilt, it really would have been better placed under a general heading of Silver cross, as I wanted to give my own personal experience of using Silver Cross. So before I start I must apologise, if I have placed this opinion it in the wrong category. Albeit, it was some years ago now, I bought the Silver Cross Wayfarer Excel for my son, who I was expecting at the time. This is a carrycot and a pushchair. It is very sturdy, folds flat and has a tray underneath, with it came the clear PVC hood and you can also purchase a sun canopy and a padded foot muff, which I did. It was alot of money even back then, (which I suppose was nearly ten years ago now!), about £260.00, but I firmly believe that you get what you pay for, and unfortunately quality has got a price. This isn’t always the case, but it is most of the time. Come rain or shine, that carrycot and buggy has certainly withstood the test of time, so I was determined to keep hold of it, for the next time, if I was to be so lucky! Which I was, and my second child came in the form of a daughter, over a year ago now. So out came the carrycot and buggy for a second airing. The carrycot I have to say looked like it had never been used, the buggy too was in good condition, apart from the tyres, which looked slightly worn - but the rest of it was immaculate really. Out of interest, while I was pregnant with my daughter, I did look around to see what was on offer, and to see how much buggy’s etc. had changed, and now thinking about it, I can’t remember seeing any Silver Cross prams or pushchairs! Perhaps if anyone has come across any, they would care to comment, please? One thing I would say is that, it is quite bulky and heavy when folded. It folds flat and so therefore does take quite abit of room up in the boot of the car, but I still wouldn’t have changed anything, and looking back, i
t might have been expensive at the time, but the amount of years that I have had good use out of it, has been phenomenal! I have just bought a stroller now, purely for the simple reason, that it is handier and takes up less space in the car - it is more convenient for me, but that doesn’t mean that I disposed of my trusty Silver Cross - oh no! Who knows if I might need it in the future.....? You can’t beat quality!
I have had my Silver Cross coachbuilt pram since the birth of my elder child, now 8 years, and it was one item I could not part with. When I discovered that I was pregnant with my daughter, now 6 months old, I couldn't wait to get the pram out of the attic and use it again! We live in a very rural area, with a 2 mile walk, each way, to school every day. It is essential to have something that was comfortable for the baby and easy for me. This pram really fits the bill. Hard-wearing, easy to push and beautifully safe and cosy for my daughter, it is easy to understand why these prams are making a comeback! I can fit all my necessary shopping underneath, the weather never ruins the enjoyment of the trip for my daughter, and I know that she is always able to sleep whenever she needs. I only wish I could fit this into the car!
How I love these prams!! They are so roomy and comfortable for baby plus they are very light to push mainly due to the large wheels. You can fit three children in at once if it starts to rain unexpectedly(yes I have tried this!!) You can carry a whole wagon load of shopping providing you can actually fit inside the shop. They are THE thing to have if you want to be a show-off with your new baby too. Mine was actually £70 from an ad in the local paper, but it was absolutely immaculate, not a scratch. that included 2 full extra-frilly bedding sets and a toddler seat, which silver-cross do not actually sell any more but can be purchased from independant retailers. I have used mine in all weathers for the last three children and intend to use it for the next one too. I have been comlimented many times whilst out on how wonderful the pram itself is and many older ladies admire it saying it was just like the one they had for their own children and how lovely it is to see a baby looking comfortable instead of bunched up in these smaller buggies. I probably would not love this pram so much if I did not walk so much, they will not however hard you try fit into a car, can't possibly be managed on the bus and just forget it if you want to take it on the plane!! These are strictly for the pedestrian element of society. Although with the hood fully upright they are very high, and as a short person I do find it difficult to see over the hood and have injured many people who I honestly do not see ( I apologise if it was you!) I always recommend the use of a restraint whilst in the pram it takes a second for a small child to leap out.
Well worth finding!!! I had a good pushchair from my first baby and small Silvercross (the oval semi hardbodied kind). My first baby was very big and soon outgrew the small Silvercross before he could sit up so I was glad I only paid £20 for it. Whilst pregnant for the second time I spotted a proper hardbodied Silvercross in a charity shop. White body with navy hood and apron, beautiful. The sign on it said £10 a bargain. When I asked if they could put it by for me she said it was half price £5. Unbelivable for an imaculate pram. It is 15 years old but looks brand new. My little girl looks such a picture sitting up in it and she still has plenty of room to sleep. I couldn't resist seeing how much a new one would cost and was shocked to see a similar model for £400. So I saved £395. It now lives at Granny's as I really don't have the room for it now. Granny loves it and the wee one uses it for her daytime naps as well when visiting. I would definatly recomend hunting for one if you have the room to store it. The minus points are that you need a big car or have to use a roof rack as we did for the chasie. Can't use buses but fits onto trains fine as long as they aren't too busy. Harder to manouver in small or cramped shops. The plus points are plenty room to sleep in and a proper matress. Doesn't need a seperate rain cover Lots of room for your shopping. You can fit a seat on top for a toddler as we did. You get a Moses effect when shopping as the crowd parts and you glide past. Lots of admiring looks and comments. Well worth hunting through boot sales, charity shops and the small ads. Even paying £150 would be worth it.
Suitable from birth