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

Paul Tranter
2 min readAug 31, 2021


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

- CCA’s forthcoming sale will see chassis #5506, the final Lea-Francis production car, go under the hammer

- Offered directly from former Lea-Francis owner, Barrie Price

- The rare car had its build suspended in 1990 and as it was never recommenced, the car is unfinished

- To be offered late September, without reserve, at Stoneleigh Park

Classic Car Auctions (CCA) next sale will see a hugely rare car form part of the catalogue, the final production Ace of Spades which remains unfinished and is offered directly from the former Lea-Francis Cars Ltd owner, Barrie Price.

Mr Price, a Midlands engineer and entrepreneur, purchased the company in 1962 and in 1980 he and his friend, the late Peter Engelbach, decided to produce a new car and 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.

Five Ace of Spades were built to order in either short or long chassis configuration. The car offered here by CCA is the sixth and final example, chassis #5506. Its build was suspended in 1990 and therefore has remained unfinished its entire life. Accompanying the car is a letter of provenance from Mr Price which details his intentions to sell the car, as well as a fitted brass plaque which confirms the chassis and engine numbers.

Gary Dunne, CCA’s Sales Manager commented: “This is a rare opportunity, and we are delighted to offer chassis #5506 on behalf of Mr Price in our Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show Sale. Whilst the car requires a degree of work, finishing it is both exciting and special as it is one of just six!”.

Significantly, the Ace of Spades will be offered without reserve, on Saturday 25th September at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. The CCA website not only details a series of photographs but a video from David Harper to which focuses on the car as well as featuring Mr Price too.

There are many more examples now live on Classic Car Auctions website now. To submit an entry alongside this one, please contact Classic Car Auctions today on 01926 640888 or email to ensure you don’t miss out.


1990 Lea-Francis Ace of Spades

Forthcoming Auctions
Saturday 25th September — The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show Sale
Saturday 11th December — The December Sale




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