Connaught Engineering was formed by two RAF pilots and engineers named Rodney Clark and Mike Oliver, who worked out of their garage under the name 'Continental Cars.' A wealthy customer, with an passion for racing, funded their efforts to build race cars of their own design, resulting in the first Formula One victory by a British constructor.
Rodney Clarke's original vision for the L3/SR race car was to have a lightweight aluminum body with cycle fenders and a tubular steel frame. This concept changed when Abbotts of Farnham, the body builder, refused to use steel, opting instead to use ash, which was their preferred method of construction. As this car was on schedule for shipment to America, the ash framework had to be accepted. Connaught ultimately built only three L3/SRs, this one being the only one which was imported into the United States.
The car is based off a Lea Francis HP 14 Sports car which was modified by Connaught at their facilities. The chassis has independent torsion bar front suspension, with a DeDion rear suspension set-up. The motor is a 4-cylinder, dry sump, semi-overhead cam powerplant, which after modifications at Connaught, put out 107 horsepower on 1760cc.
After disappearing and ultimately falling into dis-repair, the car was found (the entire body was covered by a 1/4-inch of fiberglass) and a complete restoration was performed by Creative Workshops of Dania Beach, Florida.Also photographed at :