The C Type was a car made by Lea-Francis between 1922 and 1923.
The C Type was designed by Charles M. Van Eugen. He 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 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. All had semi-elliptic front springs with quarter-elliptic springs to the rear, a 1074cc Coventry Simplex engine was fitted and a cone clutch linked the engine to a Meadows gearbox. The car was also fitted with a spur-gear differential fitted within a centre-split rear-axle made of cast-aluminium.
In 1922 a C Type with a two-seater body cost £235, or £250 if the buyerwished to have the car fitted with an electric starter.
A C Type was the first Lea-Francis car to be used in competition.
No C Types are believed to have survived.