Rare Invicta to sell in Leominster

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West Midlands sale house Brightwells has snared a technically innovative rarity for its upcoming 13 July sale at its Leominster HQ: a 1948 Invicta Black Prince Drophead Coupe.

The Black Prince was Invicta's first post-war offering and was billed as 'the world's most advanced car' thanks to a raft of daring engineering technologies including a dual-overhead cam straight six, twin ignition system and fully automatic transmission (a first for a car maker in the UK) - all heady stuff for post-war Britain.

The auto box was particularly impressive - even in title: called the Brockhouse Hydro-Kinetic Turbo-Transmitter, it offered an infinite variety of ratios controlled by one simple dashboard switch to select between forward and reverse.

The model also boasted cleverly suspended floor and seating for a refined ride, an hydraulic jacking system and  the use of aluminium in place of traditional coach builder's wood to reduce weight.

Sadly just 16 (of which a mere 6 were to Drophead style) Black Princes were made before the marque went bankrupt in 1950 - a move brought on no doubt by the lack of demand following the Black Prince's colossal £3579 price tag.

The example on offer at Brightwells is described as partially restored and in need of finishing. It's expected to sell for £12 - 16,000.

See: www.brightwells.com for more on the Invicta and other cars consigned for the sale.

Photos of the Invicta follow:

Just 6 Drophead Coupe variants of the Black Prince are believed to have been built.

Engine bristled with innovation: dual overhead cams and twin-plugs!

Interior is partially stripped.

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