Most common eras
Tom Hardman

Tel:  01756317965
LIVE adverts (9)

1936 Riley Big Four Zagato Style SOLD

This advert viewed 3066 times
Sold by Tom Hardman
Price POA
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Riley
Year 1936
Country UK
Region Yorkshire
Telephone 01756 317965
Status Trade
Date 15-Jul-2019
Ref C1047072
1936 Riley Special which has been subjected to a 10-year restoration. The last 3 years have been used to thoroughly shake down the car post-build and these have been relatively trouble-free. Almost all have been undertaken around the Lake District and Scotland and for those who know these roads, they're not the easiest terrain and an ideal proving ground for any car!

Work on the car started in earnest during 2009 following the purchase of a Riley Kestrel 12/4 six light from a driveway in Winchester. This all happened following a chance conversation at September Beaulieu the previous year. The car was as described as complete, but in need of a serious restoration. The interior trim along with timber frame had been removed some time previously. Upon inspection, it was evident that the car was beyond any thought of an economic restoration.

Upon closer inspection, the original 12/4 engine was also very worn and in need of significant spend! A VSCC Newsletter during the latter part of 2009 sparked enthusiasm as a highly desirable and rare Big Four engine, was available for sale, so negotiations were soon concluded. This engine had completed not more than 1000 miles of mixed-use following a comprehensive rebuild by Riley specialist David Ellison. David had developed a robust bottom for the previous owner in anticipation of a supercharger. Obviously this car I offer is running without forced induction, the strong bottom end can only be an advantage! The engine is remarkably tractable and performs exceedingly well, with enough grunt to bother other road users. Along with good torque, there is little need to be stirring the four-speed synchro gearbox with endless gear changes.

When it came to the coachwork, the desire was to make the car look and feel like that of a 1930's Grand Sports Tourer, with the inspiration for the final coachwork design coming from the Italian house of Zagato as featured on the Alfa 6C. In fact, the proportions between the two cars are quite similar. The finished coachwork by Roy Mapple of Windermere features a good size luggage area, rear mounted the spare wheel, as well as a detachable hood frame for the long summer months. The long flowing front wings are a joy to look at and a real credit to Roy's skills. The car has been finished in deep Rosso Toscano with soft dark tan pleated leather upholstery.
Similar Adverts
Get notified about new similar ads

Chassis Number: 601307/AEC108
Engine Number:  196874

Recorded fully in the Riley Register

John Treen was an English amateur car builder during the 40’s and 50’s, he built.....

Very original and nice, perfect driveable Riley for sale. New leather interior, nice original wooden dash and a very good, good running engine. It comes with the 2.5 ltr twincam engine with the two.....

Very beautiful Riley ‘Big Four Special’ from 1936. This car is completely built up new a few years ago and equipped with a handmade TT Sprite body based on a Riley Kestrel. This is done very professionally.....

Here we have a very desireable Riley 2 1/2 Saloon which has been owned by its previous owner since 1982!! Finished in Black over Deep Red with Original Mulberry Red Leather Upholstery, MOT and Road.....

In 1932 Riley launched a new version of its Riley Nine chassis called the ‘Plus Ultra’. This was considerably stiffer than previously and also enabled a lower seating position, which creates more.....

  • 04-Jun-2020
  • Herefordshire
  • Private

Riley Roadster 2,6 1949

Rarely offered for sale.

Nice and well-run specimen that has the right patina.

With historically correct DK license plates

VIN number: 39517235

Speedometer shows:.....

  • 20-May-2020
  • Denmark
  • Trade

1936 Riley 15/6 Kestrel

One of the most sought-after Riley saloons, the 6-cylinder Kestrel models have a special appeal to enthusiasts. The destruction of so many saloons over the years by special.....

  • Premium Dealer
  • 24
View advert

Now under going a full engine rebuild, including new Register crank shaft.
Full history.
Very original.
Twin SUs.
Full weather equipment.
Very good performance.

Riley 9HP project for sale

Good for a racing sport special project or road rally use project.

The car is built from a Riley 9 kestrel chassis.

Complete at 80%

4 cylinders 1087cc engine.....

I believe that this lovely Riley on chassis number 600950 is the oldest surviving 2 seat 9 hp model - it is not only an early 9 but it also carries its original and very rare (if not unique) all-glass.....