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1947-1953 LEA FRANCIS 14hp/2.5-litre Sports specifications


The Sports was a classic English sports car powered by the saloon’s 1.8-litre engine, and closely following the established template that proved so popular in export markets. The engine itself was intriguing because it aped Riley’s pre-war design, and delivered enough power for a top speed of 85mph. Later models gained independent front suspension, and proved to be excellent handling cars, while the 2.5-litre Sports that followed in 1950 added extra power into the mix, becoming a genuine 100mph four-seater sports car in the process.

Production

  • Production:
    186
  • Price at launch:
    £1,266
  • Price (excellent)
    £18,250
  • Price (good):
    £15,000
  • Price (average):
    £11,000
  • Price (project):
    £6,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    19.2secs
  • Top speed:
    87.0mph
  • Power:
    87.0bhp
  • Torque:
    94.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    20.0mpg

Engine

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

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Beam axle, leaf spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Beam axle, leaf spring
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4191mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2515mm
  • Width:
    1600mm
  • Weight:
    1016kgs
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