Most common eras
Gavin McGuire
East Sussex

Tel: 01892333874
LIVE adverts (15)

1933 A superb Riley which needs to be seen to be appreciated For Sale

This advert viewed 4087 times
  • £68,500 As stated
  • 1933
Message the seller
Price £68,500 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Riley
  RILEY
Model 9-12hp Sports Special
Year 1933
Mileage 1 miles
Country UK
Region Sussex
Telephone 01892 333874
Status Trade
Date 05-Feb-2020
Ref C1135887
I have always believed that inside every twin cam Riley made after the side valve era there is a sports or racing car just waiting to be released. When you consider their superb twin cam engine which was available with four or six cylinders (and eight if you include Autovia) and in 9, 12, 14, 15 and 16 horsepower variants plus their stiff chassis, good brakes and positive steering let alone the considerable range of body styles, it is hardly surprising that in the old days before these cars started to rise in value, when a body fell into disrepair as well as being an attractive proposition it was much easier and cheaper to build a special than to restore a factory built saloon or tourer.

Whilst doing that today might be frowned on in some quarters, if it hadn’t happened in the past we wouldn’t have the wide range of road and track Riley specials that exists today. Inevitably they come in all shapes and sizes and also in a wide range of build quality, style and performance but they will all be cherished and enjoyed by their legion of owners.

Without wishing to cast aspersions on any other Riley specials I think it is fair to say that this particular example must be regarded as being at the top end of the field and it is certainly one of the best cars of its type which I have ever seen. The sheer build quality and level of attention to detail is quite simply remarkable and if I tell you that I have added up the bills for the money spent on iy since 2007 and the total comes to over £91,000 excluding the purchase price of the underlying car then you can get some idea of what to expect.

What we have is a 9 hp chassis and running gear (which originally carried a saloon body according to a buff log book in the file) which has been shortened and fitted with a tuned 12/4 engine rebuilt by Rob Cobden with a balanced crank, shell bearings, larger valves, mild race camshaft, lightened flywheel, water pump, external oil filter, twin 1 ½ SUs, Scintilla Vertex magneto and a four branch exhaust driving a Graham Whitehouse rebuilt preselector gearbox. This is clothed in a really superbly made alloy sports body with a machine turned dashboard carrying rebuilt original instruments, new leather seats, a new windscreen plus new tonneau and hood all sitting on new wheels and Blockley tyres!

Suffice to say it drives every bit as well as it looks with precise steering, good suspension and brakes and with an estimated 75+ bhp on tap it is no slouch.

Perhaps I should apologise for the frequent use of superlatives but this really is a very good car and I have no hesitation in recommending that you come and have a look at it!

P.S. There is a comprehensive file which includes VSCC eligibility documents in the current and previous owners' names as well as some useful literature such as an instruction book and maintenance manuals

 
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.....

Dieser Riley 12/4 Special wurde am 19.03.1937 zum ersten Mal im Straßenverkehr zugelassen. Gegen Ende der 60er, Anfang der 70er Jahre wurde dieser Riley in England umgebaut zu einem Special. Im Zeitraum.....

1932 Riley 9 Gamecock - Present owner over 20 years

Reputed to have been named after the RAF’s Gloster Gamecock fighter plane, this sporting two seater Riley made its debut at the 1931 Olympia.....

  • 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.....

The Riley RM Series was an executive car which was produced by Riley from 1945 to 1955. It was the last model developed independently by Riley prior to the 1952 merger of Riley's still new owner Nuffield,.....

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.....