A sixpenny Invicta
and other ramblings
Andy at Prescott in Cadogan bodied 3 litre Invicta
This car belonged to a foreign doctor who worked at the same hospital as my brother, Bill, but it had been abandoned in the hospital car park. When the foreign doctor decided to return home, Bill asked if he could have it and it was offered as a gift. Cunningly, my brother offered to buy it for 6d and got a receipt for the sale. When the foreign doctor returned a few years later he discovered that the car was valuable and demanded its return. The receipt was found so tough titty.
The car now belongs to his son, Andy Kellock,
who also has a Riley 9 special, a Mk VI Bentley special and is building a single
seater special using a Fiat chassis with 2 litre AC engine - The Fiasco. Andy's second home
is Old Fonthill Abbey - the remaining part of an enormous Gothic folly built by
William Beckford - where I lived until a few years ago.
From time to time Bill also owned a J2 MG, a Bullnose Morris Cowley, the Mk VI Bentley special (which Andy has considerably upgraded), a couple of Allards, two lugubrious Daimlers (one fitted with a Perkins P3) and a couple of Austin 7s - a Chummy and a Nippy.
Jaguette and Jaguara
During my apprenticeship in the RAF (where we
had school-like holidays) in the 1950s I spent most of my leaves with Bill and
worked at a garage near Shorne in Kent. The owner, Bill Coleman,
competed in a car called the Jaguette. It was a special based on a Magnette chassis with
a 2½ or 3½ litre SS or Jaguar engine. He'd bought it from another, but
unrelated, Bill Coleman who went on to build the Jaguara which was a special
with an XK120 engine.
I've recently (August 2008) received an email in response to the question "Do you know anything about those cars?" as follows:
I came upon your website by chance and
noticed your reference to the Jaguette and a request for information. I remember
this car from about 1965 when it was bought by the father of a school friend who
lived in Shorne. By then it had, I think, a 3.8 XK engine and was very fast, but
suffered from its rather inadequate Magnette brakes. I lost touch with the
friend (Bob Watkins) when he moved from Shorne to Southampton a couple of years
Bob's father, very wisely, was collecting interesting cars in the mid-sixties, including a very shabby 3litre Bentley, an Aston (possibly Le Mans) and an MG M, at a time when they were still affordable.
This probably does not help much, but it's a little to add to the story.
Do you know anything more about those cars?
One that got away ....
During the Suez crisis (1956) when I was at
Southampton University (courtesy of the RAF) we heard of some vintage cars that
had been moved from London to a farm near Petersfield and which were for sale.
They included a Rolls 20 (which a friend bought) and an 8 litre Bentley saloon.
The vendor was asking £75 for the Bentley and refused my offer of £50.
By chance I came across the same car a year or so later when it had been bought by Geoffrey Kramer (or Cramer). He'd ripped the saloon body off and was replacing it with a tourer. I think that it's a pity that so many vintage saloons have been vandalised.
BDC records show it as originally having a Mulliner Weyman close coupled saloon but that in the early 1960's the chassis was shortened and it was fitted with a body by Hoffman and Burton.
An 8 litre Mulliner saloon In its current form
... and a relative
A friend of mine, David Roberts, lived in the same block of flats as Geoffrey Kramer and also had an 8 litre, but a genuine tourer. He took us for a ride in it one evening which included 110mph on the Kingston bypass. It's now in the USA - click on the thumbnail to see it in its current state.
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