1949 Lea Francis 2½ Litre


1949 Lea Francis 2½ Litre

The final production car made by Lea Francis was the 2½ Litre produced from 1949 to 1953. Only around 80 examples were produced, many with simple and elegant roadster design.

The Lea Francis Owners’ Club is happy to report that over 40 of these cars are in their register.

In Detail

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type Limited Production Car
built at Coventry, England
production 80
engine Inline-4
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC
fuel feed Twin SU H3 Carburettors
displacement 2496 cc / 152.32 in³
compression 7.0:1
power 89.5 kw / 120 bhp
specific output 48.08 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 148.88 bhp per tonne
body / frame Aluminum Body over Steel Chassis
driven wheels RWD
f suspension Torsion Bar
curb weight 806 kg / 1775 lbs

1949 Lea Francis 2½ Liter Sports 5158 – sold for $110,000

Put in storage from 1963 until the mid-2000s when it was sold to Michigan. Subject of an $80,000 restoration in 2008 in its original hue of ‘Electric Blue’ paint.

Auction Source: 2015 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams