Sir Noel Macklin personified all that was best about those innovative and enthusiastic British designers of the early 20th Century. Born in 1886 and educated at Eton School he soon went on to show prowess in various sporting fields becoming a successful amateur jockey, representing England at Ice Hockey and leading an expedition to film big game in the Sudan before taking up motor racing at the fledgling banked track at Brooklands in 1909. Commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery he was badly wounded in France in the First World War in 1915. After being invalided out he transferred to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve before serving with the Dover Patrol at the end of the war. After this eventful and illustrious start he returned to his passion for designing Motor cars and Motor Racing co-founding the Eric-Campbell marque in 1919 before swiftly moving on to hone his skills with the stylish and sporting Silver Hawk concern which only failed due to a lack of industrial and financial backing. His next venture and his most successful had no such problem in this department as he was joined by the enthusiatic Oliver Lyle of the successful sugar family. Thus the Invicta marque was born. Invicta cars were intended to and became synonymous with an unsurpassed combination of flexibility and sporting performance. From small beginnings, building the first cars in the garages of his home, Fairmile Cottage in Cobham, Surrey products of the firm went on to set class records at Shelsley Walsh and Brooklands in the hands of legendary driver and founder of the ERA and BRM teams; Raymond Mays, World Class distance records at Monthlerey and Monza with Macklins Sister-in-law driving and claim an outright victory for Donald Healey in the arduous Monte Carlo Rally of 1932. The example offered here is a rare survivor of the 1 1/2 litre model introduced in 1932 in an attempt to widen the market appeal of the marque. EK8896 appears to be one of just 2 original saloon bodied 1 1/2 litre Invictas surviving and this is probably due in no small part to the fact that it was apparently retained by the original owner well into the postwar period. This is documented in an article featuring the car in the January 1949 issue of motorsport magazine. Subsequent owners include one of the original vintage car collectors and ERA owner Dudley Gahagan and, more recently, former Invicta club registrar Duncan McGregor in whose ownership it shared a garage with the ultimate ex Raymond Mays low chassis 4 1/2 litre Hill climb and Brooklands record holding Invicta. The car's files document most of its postwar history and include some lovely shots of it at Oulton Park in the 1950s, various bills for and owners reports about works undertaken and an original buff log book from the post war period. Supplied with an assortment of spares including a full set of wings an engine block and head from another of the rare Blackburn engines used in these car. With 4½ Litre examples now in the £1 to £2 million price range, this is an affordable way to acquire one of the rarest survivors of the illustrious Invicta marque.
|Make||British Classic Cars|
|Category||British Classic Cars, Classic Cars, invicta|
|LHD / RHD||LHD|
|Private / Trade||Private|
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