1936 Riley Lynx 12/4 for sale SOLD
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|A sound and enjoyable Riley 12/4 Lynx, with 66000 miles on the clock and much money spent in recent years to get it back into reliable condition. The engine was rebuilt with new pistons, timing gears etc., and the car has been rewired along with a reconditioned dynamo. It has a new differential and 4 new/refurbished Luvax shock absorbers along with a new exhaust. To make it look smart too, it has had a new hood frame and hood and the interior completely retrimmed, and the bumpers were rechromed to set it all off. Lots of documentation, handbooks etc. It is not a concours car, but the price asked reflects that.|
I apologise that some of the pictures are not great – it lives in a dry sealed barn and the sun was shining, but did not shine on the whole car!
I also have a video clip of the engine running, which I can email to anyone interested to reassure them that it runs nice and quietly.
If you are considering a Riley Lynx you probably already know most or all of what follows. But just in case you don’t…
The Lynx shared the low-slung appearance of the Kestrel and Falcon saloons also launched around the same time, thanks to the Riley patent footwells which sank either side of the transmission tunnel. After one year (1933) as a two-door four seater, it was then remodelled slightly and became a four-door four seater till the end of production. It gained bumpers in 1936 and this car has them. There were various Lynx models, but the 12/4 is widely regarded as the ‘one to have’ – and values are correspondingly higher for the Lynx model than for almost all other factory model Rileys of this era. The 12/4 is noticeably more powerful than the 9hp model, and parts are easy to come by.
It is powerful enough to keep up with traffic and to carry four passengers whilst doing so, although it is an old car and will not be first away from the lights. As well as a good hood (and as noted above, the one of this car is virtually new) it came from new with a full set of side screens to keep the bad weather out. These detach and can be stored in the boot, behind the rear seat. The front screens had hinged lower portions, to fill the cut-aways, allowing hand signals when the screen were installed and allowing access too if not clipped shut. The side screens can be left up when the hood is down, which gives good draught protection. But if you want the full blast - the windscreen can be folded flat onto the bonnet. This car also has a full tonneau cover, and has recently been reupholstered, so it looks very smart inside.
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