Riley is in 1890 a British manufacturer of bicycles.
In 1913, Riley devoted himself to the manufacture of entire automobiles.
The first model, the 17/30, was introduced at the 1913 London show.
Shortly after, Stanley Riley founded the Nero Engine Company to produce his own 10-hp (7.5 kW) 4-cylinder car.
In 1918, Riley’s blue diamond badge, designed by Harry Rush, appears.
Riley grew rapidly in the 1920s and 1930s.
The Riley Engine Company produces 4, 6, and 8-cylinder engines, while Midland builds more than a dozen different bodies. Riley models at this time include:
- Saloons: Adelphi, ‘Continental’ (Close-coupled Touring Saloon), Deauville, Falcon, Kestrel, Mentone, Merlin, Monaco, Stelvio, Victor
- Cups: Ascot, Lincock
- Tourers: Alpine, Lynx, Gamecock
- Sports: Brooklands, Imp, MPH, Sprite
- Limousines: Edinburgh, Winchester
Introduced in 1926, Percy Riley’s revolutionary Riley 9 engine – a small, high-revving unit – is ahead of its time in many ways.
It quickly attracts the attention of preparers and coachbuilders for sports purposes.
Officially supported by Riley, the Brooklands, as well as subsequent developments and variations such as “Ulster” Imp, MPH and Sprite, were among the most successful cars and private racing cars of the late 20s and early 20s. 1930’s.
At Le Mans in 1934, Rileys finished 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 12th place, winning the Rudge-Whitworth Cup, the team prize, two class awards and the ladies’ prize.
The strength and longevity of the engine design are exemplified by Mike Hawthorn’s early success after the Second World War in the pre-war Rileys, particularly his father’s Sprite. By 1936, however, the company had grown too large, with too many models and few common rooms, and the emergence of Jaguar in Coventry was a direct challenge.
In 1938, Riley became part of the Nuffield Organization and merged with the British Leyland Motor Corporation in 1968.
In July 1969, British Leyland announced the immediate end of production Riley, it is now owned by BMW.
The model is a RILEY TT SPRITE put into circulation in 1934 with a beautiful patina.
Its engine is in perfect condition, its preselective Wilson box is new, bearings, brakes and radiator are new.
The car is ready to race according to its owner.
It is sold with a French “carte grise de collection” and its PTH.
Perfect for Le Mans Classic
Already participated to the Le Mans Classic 2014, Le Mans Classic 2016, les ramparts d’Angouleme 2016, it won the Swedish championship in 2018!
In short, a very nice car, ideal for Le Mans Classic 2020 edition !
Its price: € 109,000
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