Invicta produced just one
model that was truly a thoroughbred....the awesome low chassis S type. It
was the first production car that could cruise at 100mph up and down hill.
I bought the 'Ainsworth Invicta' a car that had been raced considerably
but fitted with the worst looking body I have ever seen. I drove it many
miles before finally restoring it to its original condition; a task that
took me two years.
I found the car fast, but
extremely heavy to drive. The much vaunted underslung chassis, in my mind,
did nothing to improve roadholding. In fact, I think that the much higher
4.5 litre Lagonda handled far better. The ENV crash box was positive but
very notchy. If one ever accidentally tried to start the car a bit too far
advanced, an enormous explosion took place and the outside exhaust peeled
like a banana. This I managed to do with a cop stood by the exhaust, after
he had pulled me for speeding. I feel I got my own back! Despite all of
this, I have never felt quite so good being in any other car! The view
down the bonnet was just special.