Saturday, March 10, 2012



The company Lea & Francis from Coventry began with the release of a bike. The most fruitful period for her as a manufacturer of cars fell by 20-30s. The first model Lea-Francis is mainly carried appropriate purchase units. On most vehicles, used engines, Henry Meadows (Henry Meadows) from Vulver Hampton.

The emblem of Lea-Francis was well known in the 20s. In 1937 she again appeared on the two models
As a rule, the combination of components turned out good, and the cars were in demand. The first sports car model "L" company built in 1925, and 1927 saw the light of its modernized version of "P". The most famous car company's 20-ies. a Hyper Sports ("Hyper Sports"), turned out to be easier and more dynamic in most of its competitors thanks to a supercharged engine Meadows.
During the recession the company Lea-Francis has experienced serious financial difficulties in the first half of the 30s. ceased production of automobiles. However, the brand was revived in the new company's Lea-Francis Cars Ltd. in 1937, when Hugh Rose (Hugh Rose), who previously worked at the firm Riley ("Riley"), has created two models with engines with double overhead camshafts.

Keyi Don at Lea-Fronds Hyper Sports is a turn after the car Stutz ("Stutts") at the Tourist Trophy in 1928 in Ulster. He won with an average speed of 103.8 km / h
Similar cars, but with a more modern look, the company offered, and after World War II. However, with the end of excessive demand sales Lea-Francis cars plummeted. In 1953 the company released the latest model of serial cars.
Then there was the expense of the firm by other companies in implementing their agreements. The last attempt to produce a new sports car Leaf Lynx ("Leaf Links") ended in I960, the humiliating failure. The company finally ceased to exist. The fourth in a row took place in the revival of the 80s., When the name and the remaining units acquired by Barry Price (Barry Price). Made it a prototype was shown at a motor show in Birmingham in 1998
Lea-Francis Hyper Sports ("Lee-Francis Hyper Sports"), 1928-1932
Despite the fact that the sports car "L" and "P" were competitive with cars such as the Alvis 12/50 ("Alvis"), they do not bear in itself nothing new. All that changed with the advent of a model of Hyper Sports.
This machine was not very rigid frame, beam axle and drum brakes from locking rod drive. But its four-cylinder engine with a supercharger Meadows Cozette ("Cosette") developed the power of 61 hp The basic version, and the sports cars he used a forced choice.

The compressor is provided motor vehicle Gazette Hyper Sports Power 61 hp Racing cars possessed an accelerated versions of the engine
Among the sports cars of 20's. difficult to identify the machine with a decent attention to appearance: they are all carried out on a fashion and have the same proportions. But Hyper stood tilted back radiator, while this angle is consistent with the slope of the rear wall of the body with the trunk lid.
In 1928-30 years. the company has implemented its own athletic program, under which Keyi Don (Kaue Don) won the race Tourist Trophy ("Tourist Trophy") in 1928 in Northern Ireland. It is well proved to be a car and a 24-hour race at Le Mans. While Hyper been almost as fast as the Alfa Romeo 1750 with a supercharged engine. For best results, companies should invest more in program funding.

At the time of appearance of similar sports cars stand out Hyper Sports sloping radiator

Characteristics (1928)
Engine: P4, the overhead
Bore and Stroke: 69x100 mm
Displacement: 1496 cm3
Maximum capacity: 61 or 79 hp
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Chassis: the steel frame
Suspension: dependent on semi-elliptic leaf springs
Brakes: drum
Body: 2-seater racing, touring or coupe
Maximum speed: 137 km / h

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