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Lea-Francis: Cars

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Reg No. GJ 5921.
November 1922.
November 1922.
November 1922.
October 1923.
October 1923.
October 1923.
October 1923. Models, prices and specifications.
March 1924
February 1925
September 1927.
1928. P Type 12/40. Reg No: UP 3067.
October 1931.
Reg No: DM 7757.
Reg No: YT 7015.
Reg No: YT 7015.
Reg No: KWO 874.
Reg No: KWO 874.
June 1941.
1947. Lea Francis 14/40. Reg No: FUS 750.
May 1949.
1949. Lea Francis 14/70 Mk V 6 Saloon. Reg No: HKV 91. Exhibit at Oakham Treasures.
October 1949. 2.5 litre sports, four seater.
Reg No: AAE 875.
Reg No: JYK 144.
1952. 4 Light Salon. Reg No: KWO 874.
October 1953.
1960. Lea-Francis "Lynx".

Note: This is a sub-section of Lea-Francis

of Lower Ford Street, Coventry.

1903 They branched out into car manufacture. Lea-Francis built cars, under licence, for the Singer company.

1904 February. Details of their petrol car.[1]

1902 August. Details of a trial of the 12-hp car.[2]

1905 February. Details of their 16 hp car.[3]

In 1919 they started to build their own cars from bought in components.

From 1922 Lea-Francis had a tie up with Vulcan of Southport, sharing manufacturing and dealers. Vulcan supplied bodies to Lea-Francis and in return got gearboxes and steering gear. The association finished in 1928 when Vulcan stopped making cars.

1925 A sporting image began to appear from about 1925, leading to models such as the Hyper and the Ace of Spades. The Hyper (also called the S Type) was the first British supercharged production car with a 1.5 litre Meadows engine.

In 1928 a Lea-Francis Hyper won the Ulster TT, a 13.5 mile race on the roads of Northern Ireland in the hands of legendary race car driver, Kaye Don. The race was watched by a record 250,000 spectators, and the victory placed Lea-Francis firmly on the map.

1937 The 12-hp and the 14-hp were introduced in 1937 and continued until the start of the war in 1939, when production ceased and the factory concentrated on manufacturing for the war effort.

1946 Post-war car production commenced in 1946 with updated vehicles based on the pre-war designs. The 14-hp Saloon and Sports were luxurious and sporty vehicles, and were popular, if expensive. Eventually, a more powerful 2 1/2 litre engine and improved chassis with independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes were introduced across the range.

1951 Exhibitor at the 1951 Motor Show in the Car Section.

A total of almost 10,000 Lea-Francis vehicles were made until production ceased after the 1960 Lea-Francis Lynx failed to capture the buying public's attention. The Lea-Francis name and the assets of the company were purchased by Barrie Price who continues to provide service and spares for the surviving cars, and has also built a number of "modern" Lea-Francis motor cars reviving the model name Ace of Spades.

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