Other vehicles in our March 9, 2013 auction

 


Teardrop Caravan – ‘Airstream Baby’

Alvis
TA21 Saloon

Jaguar
XJ6 3.2L Executive

Mercedes-Benz
300SL

Volkswagen
Scirocco Mk.II ‘Storm’

Rolls-Royce
Corniche Fixedhead Coupé

Jaguar
XJS V12

Mercedes-Benz
320CE Cabriolet

Citroen
H Van

Warwick
GT

Triumph
TR6

Austin-Healey
BN1 (upgraded to M-Specification)

Mercedes-Benz
190E

Hillman
Husky Series 1

MG
YT

Porsche
911 3.2 litre Carrera Cabriolet

Austin
Maxi ‘1970 World Cup London to Mexico City Rally Car’

Ferrari
308/360 Dino

Rolls-Royce
Silver Spur

Jaguar
XK150 Fixedhead Coupé

Jensen
Interceptor Convertible

Bentley
Continental R

Ford
Zephyr Mk II

Porsche
911 RSR 3.0L Recreation

Lea Francis
14hp Sports

Morris
London Taxi

Jaguar
XK150 Roadster

Rolls-Royce
Silver Cloud III Fixedhead Coupé by Mulliner/Park Ward

Aston Martin
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Alvis
TE21 Drophead Coupé

Allard
K1 Roadster

Porsche
911/964 Carrera 2 Coupe

Jaguar
XK120 Roadster

MG
A Roadster

Sunbeam
Alpine Series V

Austin
Mini Mk.I Super Deluxe

Rolls-Royce
Silver Cloud III

Alfa Romeo
2600 Spyder

Mercedes-Benz
280SL Roadster

Bentley
Continental Convertible Mk. IV

Mercedes-Benz
ML 420 CDi

Ferrari
Testarossa

Jaguar
XJ220

Porsche
911SC to RS Specification

Austin-Healey
3000 Mk. II BT7

Bentley
Corniche Fixedhead Coupé

Jaguar
E-Type SIII Roadster

Austin-Healey
100/4 BN2 Up-rated to 100M Specification

Daimler
V8 250 Saloon

Sunbeam
Harrington Le Mans

Alfa Romeo
2600 Sprint

De Tomaso
Longchamp GTSE

Ferrari
Dino 308 GT4

Mercedes-Benz
300SL

Volkswagen
T2 Westfalia Campervan

Rolls-Royce
Silver Shadow II

Range Rover
CSK

Volkswagen
Beetle 1300

Austin
Seven RM

Ferrari
348TB

Fiat
124 Spider

Ford
Lotus Cortina Mk. 1

Alfa Romeo
Duetto Spider by Pininfarina

BSA
10 H.P. Peerless Coupé

Caterham
7 Superlight

Daimler
DB18 Barker Special

Mercedes-Benz
230 SL

Porsche
911SC to RS Specification

Rolls-Royce
20hp Open Tourer by Barker

MG
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Porsche
911 Carerra RS

Triumph
TR3

Jaguar
SS 1½ litre Saloon

Jaguar
Mk. II Saloon

Ford
Thunderbird Convertible

Ford
Mustang 289GT Coupé

Pontiac
Torpedo Deluxe

Lincoln
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Ford
Galaxie 500 Coupé

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Buick
60 Series Four Door Sedan

Hudson
Essex Super Six Doctors Coupé

Ford
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Hudson
Super Eight

Commer
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Dodge
Tanker Truck

Stanley
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Gardner-Serpollet 15hp Model Four Seater Type F1 (Steam Car)

Vermorel
12/16 Model L Torpedo Tourer

Lotus
Elan S4

Ford
Capri Mk. III 1.6 GL *WITHDRAWN*

Rolls-Royce
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Mercedes-Benz
190 ‘Fintail’

NSU
Ro 80

Lotus
Elan S3 Convertible

Mercedes-Benz
250CE

Rolls-Royce
Silver Shadow I

Bentley
T1

Ford
Capri Mk.I

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Tiger

Bentley
Turbo R by James Young

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XJSC ‘Guy Salmon Jubilee Edition’

Bentley
R-Type Standard Steel Saloon

Mercedes-Benz
450SL

Bentley
Mulsanne S

Rolls-Royce
Corniche Convertible

Mercedes-Benz
E220 Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz
S600 Limousine

Rolls-Royce
Silver Shadow II

NSU
Prinz 4L

Mercedes-Benz
SL320

Porsche
911 Targa

Vauxhall
Astra Twin Top Convertible *UNDER OFFER*

Austin
Seven Ruby

Land Rover
Series II

Alfa Romeo
Spider Series IV

Mercedes-Benz
380SL Roadster

TVR
Tasmin 200, Series II

Volvo
N88 (4x2 tractor unit) *WITHDRAWN*
 
 
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225 - 1948 Lea Francis 14hp Sports

 
 
 
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Registration FUS 16
Chassis Number 1322
Engine Number S2399
Odometer reading 9,367 
Estimate £34,000 - £42,000
Hammer Sold - £32,480

Richard Henry Lea and Graham Inglesby Francis entered into partnership in August 1895 to make advanced and relatively expensive cycles of quality in Lower Ford Street, Coventry and soon gained a high reputation.

They did much better with motorcycles however, which were built from 1912 to 1924, by which time the first successful light cars with Meadows engines were in production. These enjoyed some success in competition, but higher power necessitated a stronger chassis and transmission which came in 1927 and was used both for the popular 12/40 and the exciting Hyper; the first supercharged production car. This did well in racing, winning the 1928 TT, a 30 lap race on the 13.5 mile Ards circuit on the roads of Northern Ireland and 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. Lea-Francis was revived under new management in 1937 to produce a new car designed by ex-Riley man, Hugh Rose, in a factory in Much Park Street. The engine was similar in layout to the Riley but with the two camshafts mounted high in the block and very short pushrods. Few of these cars were produced pre-war but after 1945, their successors with 14hp proved popular, both in the form of saloons and attractive sports cars.

The beguiling and streamlined shape, considered by many to be ahead of its time, was to be seen  in many of the more important sportscar races throughout the UK ,with chassis 5022 taking part in the first ever touring car race held at a decommissioned airfield by the name of Silverstone.

Maintained by the same family since 1990, this most elegant of sporting roadsters was the subject of a full restoration some 20 years ago; stored since then in extremely agreeable conditions, it shows little sign of its age. Re-painted in silver with contrasting red leather interior and white piping, the combination suits it well, showing off the sculptured lines to their best advantage.

Originally supplied to a Mr. W. Furnival of Sleaford, it then made its way to London under the stewardship of David Jackson. Two generations of Boyer then owned it from 1964 until 1969 when Mr. Conlay of Leicester took over.  It stayed in Leicester with Vera Chapman and Michael Miles until 1971 when the last but one owner, Mrs. Doreen Grayston, acquired the car. It then remained in an Oxfordshire family that cherished the car in its later years.

Presented within the history file are both the buff and green log books as well as a current red V5C and MoT test certificate valid until February 2014. There are also to be found a number of period newspaper articles about Lea Francis as well as a 'Service Data' document dated 1949, full mechanical specifications and technical data. Reported to drive beautifully by the vendor, these 14hp Sports models are rare to find and with few left from a total production run of just 118, it would make an elegant addition to any collection.