It’s currently owned by classic car dealer Peter Bradfield, but this is one car he won’t be selling. He had a classic Bentley, which he sold when he set up his business, and for 17 years went without an old car of his own. “I must have bought and sold about ten Invicta S1s,” he says, “and I’ve always wanted one of my own. They are glorious cars.” This one came up at a Bonhams auction, and he snapped it up when he had the chance. “It suits me because it’s not super shiny, it’s a bit scruffy but nice enough to use.”
Each of the 76 S-Types varies in its detail since they were handbuilt with bodied by different coachbuilders. This one, for instance, has steel wheel arches, which are different in shape to the aluminium items of the one next to it in the Goodwood paddock. What they all share is the rakish ‘low chassis’ proportions, thanks to the axles being mounted above the main chassis rails rather than below. The latter was much more conventional at the time, which gave the S-Type its distinctive, purposeful look.
And use it he does. He did the Mille Miglia last year, and this year it has had outings in the Pomeroy Trophy and Silverstone Classic. He had a late invitation to the Revival, where he was also demonstrating Lord Bamford’s Lancia D50. “That was a great honour, but the Invicta is my passion.”
Photography Tom Shaxson