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Lot 411: Lea Francis 14hp Four Light Saloon

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

Lea Francis progressed from making bicycles before the turn of the 20th Century, to motorcycles and cars. By the late 1920s they had found success in competition and achieved a sporting reputation. They went into receivership in the early 1930s and recovery was slow. After the war the concentrated on sedans, but built sports cars as well. They managed to penetrate several export markets including the United States, although sales here were small.

Their mainstay after the war was the four-cylinder, 1767cc 14hp Saloon. The offered vehicle is the last iteration of the marque's most popular model. It has the lowered chassis and features the headlamps that are recessed into the fenders. Presently finished in British Racing Green, it has a light brown leather interior with separate front seats. The front doors are hinged at the rear.

This is a project for someone with an interest in an early post-war quality British sedan.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number411
Estimate$2000-$4000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$5000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$5850
Year1953
Condition rating0
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Mileage-
Chassis number10050
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Engine - cylinders
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