This particular Invicta 12/45 was first registered on 7th October 1932 and originally finished in blue over red. Among its previous owners is a Mr Edwards, of Bristol, who acquired the car in 1968.
By the time of Mr Edwards's ownership, the Invicta had been repainted green but it became blue again before sale to Mr Kerr, of Elsing, Norfolk in 1972.
It is evident from correspondence between Mr Edwards and Kerr that Edwards rallied the vehicle regularly, and the sale was delayed to enable rally commitments to be fulfilled.
The Invicta was extensively overhauled during Kerr's ownership by various vintage car specialists, and bills indicate he still owned the car in 1975. A photograph of the Invicta, still with original registration when owned by Mr Kerr, is reproduced in - Automobile Quarterly - Volume XIV, No. 4.
An article in a German newspaper dated 14th January 1977 indicates that the Invicta was purchased for display in a Motor Museum, Western Germany in April 1977.
Offered with sundry bills and old-style logbook, the car has had little use while on display in the Museum and remains in very good condition. Please note the car has already been subject to reduced import tax of 5% to remain in the EU.
In its all-too-short lifetime Invicta carved out an enviable reputation for building fine sporting motor cars, the bigger Meadows-engined models in particular offering class-leading performance and impeccable build quality.
For customers less concerned with ultimate performance, the company offered the 12/45. Introduced in 1932 and built to the firm's customary high standards, the 12hp - Small Invicta - was an intriguing exercise in circumventing the ludicrous tax on engine capacity that dictated British design policy between the wars.
Strongly built and well finished in typical Invicta fashion, the 12/45 used a 1½-litre, six-cylinder, single-overhead-camshaft, Blackburne engine and was available with either tourer or saloon coachwork.
Like its big 4½-Litre sister, the Small Invicta had a massive chassis with wide-set springs for maximum stability; nevertheless, it was geared for good acceleration.
Contemporary press reports praised the car's beautiful proportions; the wheelbase is long and the track full width is to suggest a machine in at least the 16 hp class.
The chassis is very low in relation to the ground, which enables the height of the complete closed car to be kept as low as 5ft. This effect is secured without suggestion of freakishness. This low centre of gravity also aiding and abetting roadholding.
Regrettably, the smaller Invicta had arrived too late to influence the company's fortunes and production ceased in 1933 after approximately 50 cars had been built.
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