1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake  Chassis no. 563/104

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Lot 517
1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake
Coachwork by Associated Coach Builders Registration no. MPT 899 Chassis no. 563/104

Sold for £ 16,560 (US$ 20,702) inc. premium
1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake
Coachwork by Associated Coach Builders

Registration no. MPT 899
Chassis no. 563/104
*Invicta's final model
*One of 12 survivors of 16 made
*Known ownership history from new
*Original engine and transmission with car

Footnotes

  • In 1946 the Invicta name was resurrected for a third time to market a most expensive luxury car: the Black Prince. The all alloy engine was a 3.0-litre six-cylinder featuring twin overhead camshafts, twin-plug ignition, and triple SU carburettors, producing 127bhp at 5,000rpm. The automatic gearbox was electrically operated, as were the built-in jacks, while the suspension was independent all round, sprung by torsion bars. Standard equipment included a built-in trickle charger, various electric heaters, and a radio. Bodies were aluminium with luxurious leather and polished wood interiors, and the ensemble was topped by a truly extravagant mascot of the Black Prince himself. Priced at £3,820, Invicta's Black Prince cost three times as much as the Jaguar MkV and was only slightly cheaper than the MkVI Bentley.

    Chief Designer William G Watson chose an engine originally drawn up by W O Bentley for Armstrong-Siddeley but rejected as too expensive, which was built by Henry Meadows Ltd. However, there was a commercial dispute over the design's ownership and Invicta closed its doors in 1950 after producing some 16 cars, of which it is believed 12 exist.

    All Invicta's assets, including complete unsold cars, were purchased by AFN Ltd. This car, chassis number '104', was purchased from AFN in 1951 by Jeffrey Dixon of Durham, who commissioned the shooting brake body from Associated Coach Builders in Sunderland, and registered the Invicta as 'MPT 899' on 3rd November 1951. The original buff logbook is on file. This matching-numbers car also comes with the original, rare, and highly prized Black Prince mascot in the form of a medieval knight in silver and enamel – a collector's item in its own right.

    In 1959, Jeffrey Dixon sold the Invicta to Thomas Downey, who in turn sold it to Wilfred Meldrum a year later. Meldrum kept the car for over 30 years, undertaking an extensive restoration. The bodywork and interior were finished in the 1970s, and in the 1980s the chassis was upgraded using Jaguar suspension components, differential, and disc brakes. Refurbishing the engine and transmission was beyond Meldrum, and they were replaced with a Holbay-tuned Hillman Hunter engine and gearbox. In 1994, the car was sold to Tony Cowie, from whom it was purchased by the current vendor as a 'barn find'.

    This ultra-rare car comes with a wealth of documentation including drawings of the engine, correspondence with AFN and Meadows, the original logbook, current V5C, Black Prince Instruction Manual, numerous invoices, and technical data sheets.

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1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake  Chassis no. 563/104
1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake  Chassis no. 563/104
1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake  Chassis no. 563/104
1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake  Chassis no. 563/104
1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake  Chassis no. 563/104
1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake  Chassis no. 563/104
1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake  Chassis no. 563/104
1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake  Chassis no. 563/104
1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake  Chassis no. 563/104
1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake  Chassis no. 563/104
1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake  Chassis no. 563/104
1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake  Chassis no. 563/104
1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake  Chassis no. 563/104
1951 Invicta Black Prince Shooting Brake  Chassis no. 563/104
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