1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651

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Lot 248
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer
Registration no. AG 2706 Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651

Sold for £ 66,460 (US$ 87,531) inc. premium
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer
Registration no. AG 2706
Chassis no. LC195
Engine no. 6651

Footnotes

  • The Invicta Company's origins go back to the year 1924 when Noel Macklin and Oliver Lyle, both of whom already had motor industry experience, got together to create a car combining American levels of flexibility and performance with European quality and roadholding. Like the contemporary Bentley, the Invicta was designed by men with a personal background of competition motoring and both were produced to an exemplary standard. Price was only a secondary consideration, a factor that contributed largely to both firms' failure to weather the Depression years of the early 1930s. Like Bentley, Invicta struggled against rising costs and falling sales, the final car leaving the factory, appropriately enough, on Friday the 13th of October 1933, though a handful of cars was assembled at the company' service depot in Flood Street, Chelsea between 1934 and 1936. In all, approximately 1,000-or-so Invictas of all types are though to have been made.
    Apart from a handful of prototypes built at Macklin's home in Cobham, Surrey, all Invictas were powered by the tireless six-cylinder engines made by Henry Meadows. The first of these was a 2,692cc overhead-valve six that was used for the '2½-Litre' model, 147 of which were made before Macklin decided he needed something larger. With Invicta in mind, Meadows came up with a 2,973cc unit for the new Invicta 3-Litre, introduced for 1926. Flexibility was of prime importance to Macklin and the 3-Litre could be accelerated from virtually walking pace to its 70mph-plus maximum in top gear.
    Invicta cars quickly established a reputation for outstanding durability, which was underlined by the award of the RAC's coveted Dewar Trophy in 1926 and 1929, largely for the marque's success in long-distance reliability trials, including a round-the-world trip by lady drivers Violette Cordery (Macklin's sister-in-law) and Eleanor Simpson in a heavily laden 3-Litre. Cordery also drive a 3-Litre on successful record-breaking attempts at Monza, Montlhéry and Brooklands, covering 30,000 miles in 30,000 minutes at the Surrey Track in 1929 to gain Invicta's second Dewar Trophy.

    This rare Invicta 3-Litre, first registered 27 February 1928, comes with an old-style continuation logbook (issued September 1951) recording the owner at that time as Wilfrid Ronald Davy of Weybridge, Surrey. Only one other owner is listed, Harry Stewart Wood of Faygate, Surrey, who acquired the car in February 1965. It's type or model being recorded as Tourer. Today the car's coachwork, fabricated by Keith Roach in the late 1990s, is to the style of the famous example driven by Violette Cordery at the Monza record-breaking run in 1926.

    Since December 2006 the 3-Litre has belonged to the current owner in Germany, forming part of his private collection of important Invicta motor cars and has been extensively rallied throughout Europe. It is offered today in generally fair/good cosmetic condition following an extensive restoration and rebuild, and comes with German registration and FIVA papers.
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1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
1928 Invicta 3-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. LC195 Engine no. 6651
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