The LeaFrancis Company was established in 1895. They marketed a three-cylinder, 15 horsepower vehicle, noted for its three-foot long pushrods. Next, they manufactured motorcycles in the teens, returning to automobile manufacturing in 1920. During their lifespan, the company produced over 10,000 vehicles.
This example is a 1950 Lea France 2.5-liter Sports Model. There were 77 manufactured with an estimated 40 examples remaining in existence. During its era, one of its principal competitors was the Jaguar XK120.
The 2.5-Liter Lea Francis features a torsion bar suspension, and a twin-cam, four-cylinder engine with hemispherical combustion chambers fed by twin SU carburetors. The brakes are a mix of hydraulic fronts and mechanical rears. It has aluminum coachwork, ostrich trimmed upholstery and weighs a mere 1,775 pounds.
The factory slogan stated that a Lea Francis was, 'A fast car that is fascinating to handle.'