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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typeLimited Production Car
built atCoventry, England
production80
engineInline-4
positionFront, Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
valvetrainDOHC
fuel feedTwin SU H3 Carburettors
displacement2496 cc / 152.32 in³
compression7.0:1
power89.5 kw / 120 bhp
specific output48.08 bhp per litre
bhp/weight148.88 bhp per tonne
body / frameAluminum Body over Steel Chassis
driven wheelsRWD
f suspensionTorsion Bar
curb weight806 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