1931 ‘Works’ 4 ½ Litre S -Type Invicta
Pointed tail tourer by Vanden Plas
Car No: S62
Reg: GP 812
Probably the most historic and well-documented of all Low Chassis Invictas , Car no S62 was first registered to Invicta Cars on 1st June 1931 and was to be used for demonstration and competition purposes, driven by the company sales director, A.C Lace.
Lace drove the car extensively and from 1932 to 1934 competed at all levels, everywhere from Brooklands, to The Isle of Man, The Alpine Trail and The Monte Carlo Rally. The original standard Tourer VDP body that was stripped for racing was replaced by the present (and unique) VDP pointed tail body - no. 3059 - for Invicta Cars in July 1933 and was finished in Blue with Blue trim.
The car was sold eventually sold to its first private owner, V. A. Coates, who in 1937 took it to the inaugural meeting of the Invicta Car Club, where, like all other Invictas, it was given a name - “Speedy” appropriate considering S62’s competition history. Ownership then passed briefly in 1951 to Mr J. E. Pearson, before being acquired by The Lord O’Neill in 1952, in whose famous collection Speedy remained until being sold in 2000.
In recent years, renowned Invicta specialist, Derek Green of Cedar Classic Cars has expertly maintained this car to the highest standards. The car has been fitted with lightweight cycle wings plus a specially prepared race engine, making it superb for either historic competition or long distance fast touring. (The original engine and helmet-style wings have been carefully retained and are still with the car). Since 2000, the car has been a regular entrant to the most prestigious historic events, such as Le Mans Classic and Goodwood Revival, where it has continued to perform as a front running car at all times.
S62 is the most significant of all the surviving Low Chassis Invicta’s, a highly original car with an extensive ‘works’ competition history, offered in exceptionally well-prepared condition. It comes of course with a large history file including period photos and letters, plus copies of all Derek Greens invoices since 2000 (totalling approximately £200,000), UK registration document V5C.
A unique opportunity to acquire one of the most significant, pre-war British works competition cars of all.