Lee L Lanchester Leda LJ200 Saloon

Lanchester finds a Lanchester car

I now being a senior citizen and know little about my surname was intrigued several years ago to learn that a car was made bearing my name, In 2008 I found a 1937 Lanchester Roadrider 14 for sale in the Netherlands. I was able to contact the owner and a trusting seller and buyer made a deal for the purchase and shipping of the car to the USA . Of particular interest the seller with a deposit only delivered the car to the Port of Amsterdam and upon proof the shipping company had possession of the car I made full payment. I was proud that day that people can be as good as their word.

It was exciting to arrive at the port to see the car and find sticky notes all over the dash telling me how to start and operate the car. I kept it a few years and sold it to a distinguished car collector in Arkansas.

Then fate found me looking at and ad for a 1953 Lanchester Leda Roadrider 14 in Delaware. Well I again have another Lanchester being restored with some minor cosmetics including new upholstery and sorting thru some electrical repairs.

While I enjoy my 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner the Lanchester's rarity is fun and unique. I always am mused when I try to explain the car is for real when someone questions the Lanchester name on the grill, hubcaps and ID tag on the firewall. Being a righthand drive tops the fun but just don't try using arm/hand turn signaling unless you have an extended reach or a passenger to do it for you.

The very first British car was a Lanchester built in 1895 and survived as a badge name car until 1956.

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