1951 Lea-Francis 14/70 Six-Light Saloon
Reg Nr HAK909, Body Nr 1235, Chassis Nr 9148
Has any other marque in the history of the English car had as many Incarnations, deaths and resurrections as Lea-Francis?
Can any sane man under menopausal age remember even seeing one?
Here we have one of only 9 known survivors worldwide of the Six Light Saloon and an ideal candidate for restoration and future preservation with sure-fire gilt-edged investment potential.
Restoration has already been started with new petrol tank, headlining, dashboard woodwork, doorcards, carpets, new exterior chrome handles (unfitted) SU pumps, battery. The underside is good and body was removed from frame during resto. The car runs and drives well apart from the usual minor issues. The engine starts on the cracker and sounds very nice indeed with good oil pressure and exhaust note.
The streamlined lightweight bodywork is all alloy and ideally should be stripped bare and restored to original condition. Same with the interior leather seating which would look very attractive if repaired and re-connolised in ivory cream.
Although the car could be used as it stands with minimal work it really justifies a careful detailed restoration which would require a knowledgeable owner or passed on to a specialist restoration firm.
Being offered at a very low price, I have been told the LF engine alone is worth the asking price!
Here is your ticket to the Lea Francis Owner’s Club and to join the very exclusive band of Six Light Saloon owners at LFOC Rallies, the saloon being much rarer than the Tourer which have 40 plus known survivors.
Comes with original valuable original Lea Francis Sales Brochure and copy publicity material. Copy of Barry Price's book "The Lea Francis Story" which makes fascinating bedtime reading.
The car is available anytime (by app) in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire. For more info call or text John on 07909 231414. Also see my other classics on here.
More Marque Info
Post-war LF 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 an improved chassis with independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes was introduced across the range and in 1950 the 18 h.p. saloon and 2˝ litre Sports, both with the more powerful 2˝ litre engine, were introduced.
This streamlined de-luxe version of the 14hp saloon was introduced at the 1948 Motor Show and intended to appeal to the more modern taste, but its higher price tag counted against it. It had independent front suspension and hydro-mechanical brakes from the start (the four-light saloon only had them a year later).
Although more modern in appearance, the body was still craftsman-built by hand in aluminium with traditional timber framework. 162 were built, of which nine have been traced worldwide which makes it a very rare sight indeed on the UK roads today.
Advertised as “One of Britain’s most exclusive cars.
The Lea-Francis Owners' Club has an ever-growing membership of around 340 members who own around 420 vehicles. Spare parts (new old/stock) are also available at very reasonable prices.
The motor manufacturing parts of the company passed into the hands of the receiver in 1962, leaving Lea-Francis to continue with their engineering business. The assets of the company were purchased by Quinton Hazell Ltd., a component manufacturer, while the Lea-Francis name was purchased by Barrie Price. Price has continued to provide service and spares for the surviving cars, and has also built a number of retro Lea-Francis motor cars reviving the model name "Ace of Spades." These two-seat coupes have Jaguar engines.
Engine:1767cc, 70bhp, Wheelbase:9' 3", Track:4' 4"
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