Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Car That Tried to Topple Bentley; CLASSIC WHEELS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Car That Tried to Topple Bentley; CLASSIC WHEELS

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Byline: IAN JOHNSON

AFTER the Second World War the race was on to win over the British car buyer wanting pure luxury.

Rolls-Royce and Bentley were already there, but the competitors were coming up fast.

One such was Invicta which seemed to have a fixation on toppling Bentley from its enviable position in the eyes of Britain.

Invicta made an efffort to activate plans for a sports saloon to be known as the Black Prince.

Designer William G. Watson was given the go-ahead to develop this car to be powered by a Meadows 3.0-litre engine. In 1947, the development costs were then pounds 100,000 and the projected price was pounds 2,940. But within two years that price shot through to roof to a staggering pounds 3,579.

The Black Prince was a rarity in being one of those cars built post war with no pre-war parts or hardware. …

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