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Lea Francis Hyper (1928 - 1931)
 

Lea Francis started to build cars in 1903, but it only built two models which are now considered thoroughbred. The company has come and gone a number of times and usually produced vehicles which were frankly terrible. A large number of cars were sold to be built into shooting brakes (half timbered). The 'Leaf' was one of the last marques with a competition history to have begun to be valued by collectors.

In the 1920s, Lea Francis amalgamated with Vulcan of Southport. The fusion resulted in the famous Hyper model. This had a Cozette-supercharged one and a half litre Meadows engine. The Hyper was extremely successful in track events and in recent years has been considered a classic sports car. The Ace of Spades model followed which had a larger engine but was normally aspirated.

In the sixties, two Hyper cars were campaigned from the London Teaching Hospital. One of my friends was a leading light in this enterprise, and on occasion I would assist in preparation prior to VSCC events. The cars were maintained in the old pathology labs and brought in through a window with the use of body trays! There was not a lot to these cars but they did go very well in the races thanks to the Meadows engines.


This 1.6 litre 100 h.p. supercharged car won the 1928 T.T. in the hands of Kay Don.