1928 Riley 9 Tourer - quite the most successful model Percy Riley produced, from design in 1925
NOW SOLD - more cars wanted for commission sale
Starter motor rebuilt
New tyres and inner tubes
Replaced exhaust manifold
Very competent and robust vintage car.
4 speed - very easy to drive, with excellent brakes
Comes with two sets of carburettor set ups - single SU for VSCC Light Car events and also the correct original-spec twin SU carburettors and manifold
All oils recently changed (ie to include gearbox and rear axle)
Single owner for 52 years until 2011
Rear axle rebuilt by Blue Diamond Riley Services
Specification of Percy Riley's Riley 9 from 1926 to 1937
Wheelbase : 9.0'
Track : 3' 11"
Driver operated adjustable brakes from the cockpit
1087 cc 4-cylinder overhead valve engine
Long stroke motor with 60.3mm bore and 95.2 stroke
Fully balanced 2-bearing crankshaft
Hemispherical cylinder head
Large inclined 2 valves per cylinder, operated by push-rods from twin camshafts set high in the crankcase
Free revving with excellent power delivered
60mph readily available and 40mpg
1/2 elliptic springs all round
4-door 4-seat tourers weighed only 17.5cwt
The 4-speed gearbox allowed 45mph in 3rd, and just under 70mph top speed
Available with Fabric or Aluminium bodywork
The Autocar magazine reported on 16th October 1931 : “First of the superlative type of 9hp car, firmly established, regularly improved and as yet scarcely challenged in its class, the Riley Nine has a very definite appeal to those who can appreciate performance, safety, comfort and an appearance out of the ruck.”
S.C.H. "Sammy" Davis of The Autocar - and "Bentley Boy" - competed in the 1927 Lands End Trial in one of the first Riley Nine tourers, with development continuing apace by J.G. Parry-Thomas and later Reid Railton, eventually culminating in the Brooklands Riley Nine
The low set of the Riley 9 chassis allows for assuring road holding, a few years in advance of many other cars of the time
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