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1951-1954 LANCHESTER Fourteen/Leda specifications


Both Lanchester and Daimler were owned by BSA, giving the parent company a great excuse to experiment with badge engineering in the 1950s. Lanchester’s 14 was the first version of what would become better known as the Daimler Conquest. With a four-cylinder engine of 2-litres and 60bhp, it was pedestrian in both performance and looks, although the drophead coupé cut a dash. The Leda name was used abroad, to denote cars that had a steel frame instead of the wooden one of the UK cars. The last car to wear the Lanchester name.

Production

  • Production:
    2100
  • Price at launch:
    £1,144
  • Price (excellent)
    £6,000
  • Price (good):
    £4,750
  • Price (average):
    £3,250
  • Price (project):
    £1,600

Performance

  • Top speed:
    75.0mph
  • Power:
    60.0bhp
  • Torque:
    124.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    22.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, torsion bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf spring
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed pre-select manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4470mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2642mm
  • Width:
    1664mm
  • Height:
    1651mm
  • Weight:
    1410kgs

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