1913 Lea-Francis 3 ¼hp JAP-engined V-Twin Frame no. A671

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Lot 502
1913 Lea-Francis 3 ¼hp JAP-engined V-Twin
Registration no. HN 1508 Frame no. A671

Sold for £ 18,400 (US$ 25,578) inc. premium
1913 Lea-Francis 3 ¼hp JAP-engined V-Twin
Registration no. HN 1508
Frame no. A671
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 may well have been sold on the back of publicity from the 1913 trials and although documentation records first registration in 1921 it is believed to be a 1913 model, re-registered under the new legislation of 1921. The bike is in remarkably original condition and was acquired for The Potter Collection in 1958, possibly from Northern Ireland where it is believed to have been owned by a man of the cloth. It is equipped with a Miller acetylene front headlight with Lucas generator and is fitted with a luggage carrier with two leather panniers. Spark is provided by a Bosch Type ZAV magneto and the V-Twin engine drives through a two-speed gearbox with belt final drive. The machine is presented in traditional Lea-Francis red and black livery. It carries a tax disc suggesting last licencing in Westmorland in 1958. It is offered with an old style buff log book from 1958 together with a Swansea V5C registration document. This machine is eminently suitable for participation in the prestigious Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club Pioneer Run to Brighton, subject to authentication of its pre-1915 dating and the usual careful recommissioning following a period of showroom display. This bike is recorded in the VMCC Register of Machines.
1913 Lea-Francis 3 ¼hp JAP-engined V-Twin Frame no. A671
1913 Lea-Francis 3 ¼hp JAP-engined V-Twin Frame no. A671
1913 Lea-Francis 3 ¼hp JAP-engined V-Twin Frame no. A671
1913 Lea-Francis 3 ¼hp JAP-engined V-Twin Frame no. A671
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