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1990 Lea-Francis Ace of Spades - Direct from Barrie Price

Lot Number 535

1990 Lea-Francis Ace of Spades - Direct from Barrie Price

The final production Ace of Spades, unfinished and offered directly by former Lea-Francis owner Barrie Price.

  • Sold for: £888

Bid online during our live auction or at The Saleroom.

LIVE AUCTION: Saturday 25th September | 11.00am BST
  • DRIVE
    RHD
  • Registration Number
    REG NUMBER
    UNREGISTERED

SUMMARY

The final production Ace of Spades, unfinished and offered directly by former Lea-Francis owner Barrie Price.

DESCRIPTION

  • In 1962, Lea-Francis Cars Ltd. was bought by Midlands engineer and entrepreneur Barrie Price
  • He became known as 'Mr Lea-Francis', only selling the company as recently as 2019
  • Barrie and his friend, the late Peter Engelbach, decided to produce a new car and, in 1980, launched the distinctive '3-litre Sports' using a ladder-type box-section chassis frame, with a hand-crafted aluminium body
  • At the 1992 Motor Show, a longer version was shown, which revived the name Ace of Spades.  A total of 5 of these cars have been built to order, in either short or long-chassis configuration. 
  • They were powered by a 3.4-litre Jaguar XJ6 engine and the interiors featured leather seats, wood veneers and polished aluminium accents
  • This car, Chassis #5506, would have been the sixth car but its build was suspended in 1990 and never recommenced
  • The engine is a second-hand, 4.2-litre Jaguar unit that we understand has covered some 40,000 miles
  • The car requires an amount of work (wiring, interior, soft top, lights etc.). Chassis #5504 is a fully completed Ace of Spades (sold at auction in 2018) and may be available for reference, measurements etc.
  • Mr Price has included a letter of provenance which states his intention to sell the car due to his recent 90th birthday. Chassis #5506, is believed to be the final Lea-Francis production car and displays a brass plaque confirming chassis and engine numbers
  • This will be a very rare motor car when finished and possibly quite valuable. Interested parties are invited to watch David Harper's video (below) and are welcome to view the project to establish just how much work might be involved. It could be an interesting journey

SPECIFICATION

Lot Number
535
Make
LEA-FRANCIS
Model
ACE OF SPADES
Registration Number
UNREGISTERED
Chassis Number
5506

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CCA VENDOR CONDITION REPORT

OVERALL:

38 / 135

Exterior


Bodywork:

Glass:

Paint:

Chrome:

Trim:

Remarks

Unfinished production car.

Interior


Door-Cards:

Carpets:

Seating:

Headlining:

Dashboard:

Boot:

Remarks

Unfinished production car.

Engine


Components:

Appearance:

Starting:

Running:

Remarks

Unfinished production car.

Transmission


Gears:

Clutch:

Drive-Shaft:

Remarks

Unfinished production car.

Running Gear


Axles:

Chassis:

Suspension:

Bearings:

Brakes:

Wheels & Tyres:

Remarks

Unfinished production car.

Electrics


Minor:

Major:

Remarks

Unfinished production car.

Vehicle History

Remarks

Unfinished production car. Letter dated 1st August 2021 from Barrie Price confirming car's provenance.


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Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car

Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts

Good Everyday useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history

Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history

Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history

CONSIGNOR

Consignor

For further information regarding this lot please contact Arwel.

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