C type style

When Charles M. Van Eugen joined Lea-Francis in 1922 his first task was to redesign the prototype C-Type so as to make it safe and suitable for production.


 Engine: Coventry Simplex 1074cc
 Wheelbase: 7'6" then 8'
Track 3'6"

Charles M. Van Eugen was born in Holland in 1890 and having worked with a variety of motor engineering companies, including Simplex in Amsterdam, Daimler and Swift in the UK, he joined Lea-Francis in December 1922 as their designer. He was to go on to design some of the company’s best motor cars.

His first task was to sort out the 8.9hp C type. Van Eugen made a number of improvements, significantly including the design of a new front axle. An initial batch of 50 cars was sanctioned and the four prototype cars were rebuilt to the new specification.

About 90 C types were built and sold. Numerous changes were made to the initial specification, for example extending the wheelbase by 6” on later versions, but all had semi-elliptic front springs with quarter-elliptic springs to the rear, a 1074cc Coventry Simplex engine, a cone clutch, Meadows gearbox and a spur-gear differential fitted within a centre-split rear-axle of cast-aluminium.

In 1922 a C type with a two-seater body cost £235, or £250 if one wished to have the car fitted with an electric starter.

A C type was the first Lea-Francis car to be used in competition.

None is believed to have survived


We know everybody knows websites use cookies, but the law requires we interfere with your browsing and put a box here so you can tell us you know and permit us to use the cookies so the site functions as it should.