Auctioned on Friday, April 3, 2009
Not Sold at a High Bid of $14,000
This rare Lea-Francis motorcycle competed in English time trials during the 1950s, with documentation to prove. It has remained within the ownership of the same family to this day. Sympathetically restored during the 1990s, this beautiful early V-twin motorcycle was imported to Canada in 2005.
The consignor has kindly provided the following information about the motorcycle:
The bike was owned and ridden by my late father in law in the 1950's, competing in time trials. On one occasion whilst descending a steep hill the crankshaft bearings seized breaking the casing, this was duly repaired as evidenced by the welding on the crankcase. The bike remained unused throughout the 60's and 70's when it was dismantled with a view to restoring it, at that time the frame was re-stove enameled and the nickel plating re-done. Sadly, the bike was then left in pieces around my father in laws property until the mid 90's when I offered to complete the restoration. The frame was still in good condition, the mudguards and fuel tank were repainted and the plating was re-done once more. The magneto was re-built and the wheels were re-spoked. The rear chain guard was missing, as were the leather tool bags for the rear carrier. The engine and gearbox were both in good condition; on completion of the re-build, the bike was taken to a local Steam Fair at Knowle Hill in England where I rode it during the display of vintage motorcycles. Sadly, once again it was put in to storage until it came in to my possession in 2005 the following year I shipped the bike to Canada. In offering the bike for sale, I hope it will go to a collector where many people will enjoy it.