1918 Lea-Francis 3 1/4hp J.A.P.-engined V-Twin
Lot 469
1918 Lea-Francis 3 1/4hp J.A.P.-engined V-Twin
Sold for £12,650 (US$ 19,769) inc. premium

Lot Details
1918 Lea-Francis 3 1/4hp J.A.P.-engined V-Twin
Registration no. BS 9020
Frame no. A979
Engine no. 6353
Already established as a maker of bicycles of the finest quality, Lea-Francis turned to motorcycle manufacture in 1912. Their first model was a refined touring machine notable for its chain drive and two-speed gearbox – this at a time when most other machines were belt-driven single-speeders – and featured deeply valanced mudguards and full enclosure of both drive chains. A 50˚ v-twin 3 1/4hp JAP engine, displacing 430cc, was the favoured motive power, providing an excellent turn of speed combined with renowned JAP reliability. The company’s entry in the 1913 Scottish Six Days Trial and the ACU Trial resulted in a gold medal in the former and gold and silver awards in the latter in which event one of the Lea-Francis machines was timed at 53mph.

This machine has been in the present ownership since 1975, the RF 60 buff log book confirming that it was previously owned by one David Harris in 1963, later passing to well-known restorer Ian Campbell and then to motorcycle collector, John MacAuley, from whom the present owner purchased the bike. The restoration of this highly original machine was completed c.1980. The bike was used very briefly and then placed on loan with the Grampian Transport Museum at Alford where it has remained on display until recently. The usual careful recommissioning will therefore be required. In 2003 it took part in the Lea-Francis Owners’ Club Jubilee Run to John O’Groats and performed well on that outing. A letter on file from A.B. Price of Lea-Francis, dated 1970, suggests that, although not registered until October 1918, the frame number indicates a date of manufacture c.1914/1915. It is presented with a complete acetylene lighting set, leather tool pannier, luggage carrier and correctly liveried in black and red with period tank transfers. Surviving Lea-Francis motorcycles are exceedingly rare and this bike is offered with a Swansea registration document, current road fund licence and MoT certificate.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the front forks are incorrectly assembled. The top yoke needs to be reversed before the bike is ridden. The frame no. for this machine is A708 and the engine no. is 4752.
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