If I had to place one car atop my “ultimate wish list,” the S-Type Invicta would almost certainly be the one. I had never seen one in the metal until today–this incredible machine was on display at the Vancouver All British Field Meet.
The S-Type “low chassis” cars were built between 1930 and 1933 (when the company went into receivership). They were powered by the 4.5 litre “Meadows” six-cylinder engine, also found in period Lagondas and other sporting machines. Only about 77 were made–they are treasured to this day for their high performance and exceptional build quality.
This particular car has never been restored. It has patina you could bottle and sell (and I’d be first in line to buy!). It was clean where a wash mitt would easily reach but not clinically antiseptic–a car which is clearly well-loved and enjoyed. With a value easily north of $500,000 I don’t suspect owning one is in the cards for Rusty Heaps, but I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to see this one. Bravo.