FROM THE BOOKLET / #Invicta-S-161-Low-Chassis-Sparrow-Hawk
In my boys no room hung posters of there - who were not - but it intrigued me, the Invicta. And so it was on my list of 'to be driving cars. What could be better than a hold-over fifty still achieve childhood dreams? Of course we have, over the years it has become more critical. It had to be an S-Type Low Chassis.
Bee peers and elders known standard "The Great Cars '(in Netherlands' De Grote Automerken) Ralph Stein from the late sixties called the English brand Invicta alongside Rolls-Royce, Alfa Romeo, Duesenberg, Ferrari and Bugatti. Moreover, there were also brands like Vauxhall, #Simplex
and Mercer, so the choice of the writer must have been something subjective, but in the chapter on the Invicta - Latin for "invincible" - had a terrible beautiful sports car with a very low silhouette. That intrigued me. The car thus had a look that lacked other English sports cars of that time.
Complicated starting procedure. First contact with the key ("fuse") and then take off The switch for the gas pump (autovac). The pump starts ticking loudly. Beautiful. With English classics you finally never know. Then switch on the ignition coil ("coil") and the "magneto - the Invicta has a double infection, both with an ignition coil and a magnet.
At the wheel, the ignition lever to let (retard) and move the hand throttle a little bit ahead. Then pull out a middle button on the steering wheel - if you press the same button, incidentally, you run the horn - after a heavy moaning sound indicates that the starter is attempting the 4.5-liter six-cylinder Meadows to get the talks. And it works. What does not work, at least not me, it is euphemistically describe the engine noise. It sounds powerful, raw and least sophisticated. Although I torment my mind to express the subtle, I'm always on the same point. So I give only to it: the engine of the Invicta just sounds like that of a truck. Am I disappointed? Not at all. It is even promising.
"Old barrel," the man calls in passing. He repeats his statement a few times until he was out of earshot: "Old barrel, old barrel." Not surprising, of course; we are on the grounds of inGeest, an institution for mental health care in Bennebroek / Vogelenzang which was founded in 1924 as the Association for Christian Care of Humanities and Nerve Sick. What we are doing here? There is still a cluster of historic buildings in Amsterdam School style, as some pavilions, a church and a water tower, from the period 1927-1938. Not only beautiful, but also an appropriate background for a car like this Invicta, also from 'modernist' principles was built in 1934. Front and rear axle are not - as usual - under, but mounted above the chassis. The motor is also placed behind the front axle. This construction principle, the little lovely name 'underslung', gives the car a lower center of gravity and thus improved roadholding. The construction was in the thirties not new; he was already early 20th century used in cars.
It also makes the car look sportier. That is its appeal. The beautiful, low silhouette, to begin with, something from nature too large headlamps just does appear even larger. The sporty touch is further accentuated by subtle (and not so subtle) details such as the rivet lines on the bonnet, many louvres, the cycle wings, radiator supports on the front fenders, the muscular exhaust pipes which are outside the hood, not to mention the enormous race for the tank to the rear.
Obviously, I have the great book of Ralph Stein (1909-1994) it again when caught. He says: "The former Invicta's had no particular character and the name Invicta was only one name on the list of half-forgotten brands have become as the type had not been S there." And now we're at with quotes: 'The low punched sections Invicta was probably the best-looking sports car in the vintage tradition ever to be produced in England (auto journalist JR Buckley, 1966).
It was this S-Type which marked the breakthrough of Invicta, both because of its appearance and because of the technique. That was Captain Noel Macklin, Invicta founded in 1925 with funding from sugar magnate Oliver Lyle (Tate & Lyle), achieved his goal. Right from the start he wanted Invicta a big name would be. In marketing its new brand, he got help from his adventurous sisters Violet and Evelyn Cordery (Macklin had married their sister Lucy). Violet managed to draw Invicta's long distance records at Monza and Montlhéry, and was the first woman to the Dewar Trophy to have received, an endurance trophy. Together with her sister Violet Evelyn undertook in 1927 a successful trip around the world in an Invicta 3.0 liter under the supervision of the Royal Automobile Club. On a broken axle after ran the 18,000 kilometer journey without problems.
The Invicta was a reliable touring car, especially for long distances, was now beyond dispute. But the more sporty been asked were not prodded awake for the brand. That happened when Macklin in 1930 released the S, with its low chassis and 4.5 liter six-cylinder with twin SU carburettors, a car that could get around the 160 km / h.
The couple is truly enormous. You drive yet thirty and you're already in high gear, the four. Which is not a overdrive, but a real acceleration. Switching is fine; or feel everything just as well and double--clutch because the bin is unsynchronized.
It all feels great mechanically, with a heavy shift lever (you can not call it poker) and large slots. Otherwise 'normal' in H configuration. The previous owner has the lever in the middle of the way, let the car turn because he was quite long. Originally, the lever on the right sat against the side panel, but that was in his very busy and cramped there, as the handbrake is also located there.
Personally, I'm just a bit too long for a good sitting position in the Invicta. If I have to get my foot on the clutch almost straight down off my leg because I can not get it otherwise. The big wheel is too far back. It is all still to do just.
What is striking is that the Invicta occurs differently than he looks. He accelerates quickly, you also feel that he can be tough, but although I obviously did not go to extremes, I notice very soon that he lacks a truly sporty touch. It's not really agile cars and high speeds are not for the Invicta, which is noticeable at all. The engine sound is rawer than ever before and you have a tendency literally back on the throttle. It can all hardly be otherwise: the Meadows-power base is in a truck engine. Hence coarse sound. He may be the Invicta is reasonably quickly propel, but it is mainly a motor that proves itself in the low rev range. If there is a car which you can compare this S, it may be the Lagonda, which incidentally also made use of Meadows engines. Lagonda's were also less known for their speed as well for their potential to make hassle free long distance. Le Mans has also won multiple times by Lagonda. Perhaps let us feel a bit fooled by the appearance and we have the notion that the Invicta is a sports car, an idea which - admittedly - also had taken hold on me. It remains a fast touring car, suitable for long distance, one that nevertheless looks very sporty. You may even wonder if Noel Macklin S-Type sports car as it really meant.
There were trials and rallies where Invicta excelled. Donald Healey won twice winning the Coupe des Glaciers and won the 1931 Monte Carlo Rally with an Invicta. Anyway a fine example, but more so because the Invicta had to say the least some annoying trait. The 'underslung' construction led to an excellent road holding and kept the car in long track, but as he went, he went. Ralph Stein, who owned a Invicta seven years, and in his own words still regretted that he had traded him at a Riley writes that you very much for had to be careful. Also had the car at the beginning of last shimmy at higher speeds, but the latter could overcome Stein by hydraulic shock absorbers Remote Control to set off heavily. The cylinders with the knobs are located next to the steering column, and the column itself are two small pressure gauges.
According to Stein was the repute of that outbreak one of the nails in the coffin of Invicta. Although he described as "exaggerated gossip, but it meant that the sales still fell short of expectations. This was also due to the fact that the car was too expensive and the crisis presented itself; nail number two. Officially Invicta passed in 1938 on the bottle, but the car production was halted for several years. The sources disagree on the exact number of built S-Types, but there must have been about 70. Of these, there are approximately 60 in life. The production number may or may not have been great, but the S-Type owners were very very dedicated. There even seems to have a vague kind of existence of club owners who give their cars names that began with an S. There were the 'Sea Lion' and the 'Scythe'. The car in this article once belonged to the club: the S-Type in 1934 was christened the 'Sparrowhawk'.
After the war another attempt to resurrect Invicta again, but that was not successful; it remained in single pieces of type 'Black Prince'. Noel Macklin had nothing to do with it; outside he died in 1946. A second attempt was made in the 2000s, after the rights of the mark had been bought. This also went down in history as one to build upon the many efforts on the history and / or the name of a classic brand but which failed miserably.
Due to their technical construction, their rarity and not least their beauty are the Invicta S-Types are currently highly Sought after. Are amounts paid that hover between the 750- and 900 000 euro. In today's depreciating market for pre-war cars Invicta is one of the brands that precisely against this current grows so that the car is in the company of several Bugattis and Alfa Romeos. Noel Macklin would be happy that his brand even nearly eighty years after its disappearance is still so appreciated. And Ralph Stein had from the start the same. Invicta is indeed one of the 'Great Car brands.
TECHNICAL DATA #Invicta
S 161 Low Chassis 1934 ' #Sparrow-Hawk
Engine 4.5-liter six-cylinder in-line #Meadows
, circa 135 bhp
Transmission manual gearbox four (H configuration), rear wheel drive
Weight in kg 1850
0-100 (0-62MPH) in 13 seconds
Top approximately 165 kmh
Current value in euro 750,000-850,000
Details Chassis 1934, Body of 1937.
Adjustable Remote Control shock absorbers. Car restored in 2000, since 4000 kilometer driven