Invicta cars started life in 1925, founded by Noel Macklin and funded by Oliver Lyle of Tate & Lyle sugar with production being based from Macklin’s home in Cobham, Surrey. The early cars were fitted with Meadows engine (Henry Meadows also known for the Rolls Royce Meteor) and found some sporting success with Violette Cordery (Macklin’s sister in law) in long distance events as well as taking the course record at Shelsley Walsh in 1932. Production ended in 1935 as Macklin founded Railton, Invicta cars was wound up in 1938.
1946 Brought a revival of Invicta cars this time based in Virginia Water, Surrey. This brought about the Black Prince, again Meadows engines were used this time a world first for many reasons the headline features and specification include.
• 3 litre straight six engine
• Aluminium engine block
• Twin chain driven overhead camshafts
• Two spark plugs per cylinder with individual distributor and coil per cylinder
• Triple SU carburettors with separate “starting carbs” fitted in a specially designed inlet
The Black Prince also boasted some other impressive features including a Hydraulic system designed to lift the car off the ground to aid with maintenance or to change a flat tyre, trickle charging system to run off any AC power outlet, immersion heater to keep the oil and water at temperature on frosty days.
One of the first production cars with fully independent suspension, torsion bars and steering designed for “finger and thumb” driving.
Only 12 Black Prince cars were built, the current owner of this vehicle is the only owners believed to have ever owned more than 1. Other known cars are a 2 door fixed head coupé in India, and a drophead in Australia. This is one of only 2 of the Jenson bodied cars, the other is thought to be in Paris.
This particular car sports a body by Jenson in a drop head, 2 door 4 seat layout finished in Morella Maroon with off white canvass top.
Owned by the current family since the 70s with only 2 previous owners both also from the North East and documented on an early brown log book. This car comes with a large history file including magazine articles, letters to and from the Invicta owners club, other owners and car fans.
Residing in the current owner’s museum since 1992 the car will require some light commissioning, please see our walk around video for full condition details.
A unique opportunity to purchase a car seen on the market extremely rarely with fantastic history.
We encourage viewings on all our cars, viewing is by appointment only, alternatively we can schedule a telephone or video call to show you anything specific you may wish to see.
GUIDE PRICE £28,000 - £32,000