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Invicta Background

The marque Invicta started in 1925.  The creative genius was Captain Noel Macklin, later Lord Macklin, who spent a lot of time promoting the company and doing his best to make it famous.

Most of the cars produced prior to the 'S' Type were fairly staid machines but well built.

Most of the publicity for the company was achieved by an energetic lady called Miss Violet Corderoy, who drove an Invicta around the World and also got involved in some record breaking.  She took the 25,000 kilometre record at 55.7mph and won the Dewar Trophy for running 5,000 miles at 70.7mph at the Montlhéry track near Paris.

The 'S' type arrived on the scene in September 1930.  With its hard edged shape, low chassis, low build and beautifully shaped radiator set well back between it's front wheels, the 'S' type was one of the most attractive British sports cars of the period.  It had a 4½ litre, six cylinder meadows engine with strengthened rods, did 0 - 60 in around 14 seconds and had a top speed of 95 mph in standard form.

It had an under slung rear frame, hypoid final drive and at least 115 bhp under the bonnet (this increased on the later cars to around 135 bhp).

Total production of this very desirable sports car was 75.  It is believed that three were destroyed in the war, but at least 69 are still in existence.

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