Invicta Excalibur 3 position Drop Head 1932 for sale
Invicta cars were produced in the UK between 1925 to 1950. Noel Macklin was the founder of the company and there were not too many cars produced. The production was aiming at high-end customers with quality built cars.
This particular car has a Salmon & Sons coachwork and was believed to be the only car in this configuration. The front fenders with their special shape and air vents along the side just like the S-type low chassis. With a three-position roof using Tickford construction for taking the roof up and down.
And, that is how this car came about. In 1932, Donald Healey (later owner of Austin Healey) won the Monte Carlo rally in his Invicta. However, this car first belonged to Major Douglas Morris and they both participated in the Monte Carlo rally in 1933 and both cars started from Umeå in Sweden in the month of February. Considering they still hardly have any roads in Umeå, I cannot imagine how these Invicta cars could possibly manage to go from there to Monte Carlo. Also in the month of January, it must have been a meter high with snow. This Invicta is mentioned on several places in The Autocar book from 1933. Major Douglas Morris started out in -35 degrees together with eight other competitors. He arrived in Paris with 16 minutes too late due to a misfiring engine. He later tried to repair the engine by the roadside in the French Alps, but this work took so much time they were forced to give up and he retired. However, Morris and his Invicta won a price. First price in Comfort Competition open cars. This was for the most comfortable and best equipped car in the rally in this section.
Recent work on the Invicta
- Complete engine rebuild, new pistons, bearings etc.
- Complete brake system rebuild, drums resurfaced and painted, new shoes
- Complete suspension rebuild, leaf springs grinded greased and adjusted
- Carburettors rebuild
- Front wheel bearings
- New exhaust system
It is today a mechanically sound car ready to drive. With a lot of charming patina that an old rally car should have. It comes with original handbook and a lot of documentation from its adventurous life.
What makes this Invicta Special?
- Monte Carlo rally history
- Salmons & Sons coachwork