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1934 RILEY SPRITE TT REP / €109000

In summary

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.

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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

History race:
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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1990 LOTUS F1 TYPE 102 / €60000

In summary

The  Lotus 102  is the car used by the Team Lotus team in the Formula 1 World Championship in 1990. This is a profound evolution of the Lotus 101, both chassis and engine.

Franck Dernie and Mike Coughlan are backing the design of the 102 on the chassis of the Lotus 101, their previous creation.

The most important point is the integration of the Lamborghini twelve-cylinder V 650 hp.

This engine has major disadvantages such as its imposing size, a weight of 150  kg  and a high fuel consumption.

The size of the block implies a very low positioning in the chassis and a large fuel tank. Most elements of the 101 are lightened to compensate for engine integration.

The cockpit of the 101 is redesigned so that the new drivers, much larger than their predecessors, can take place there. The team is very confident in its new car.

At the end of the season, Team Lotus ranks eighth in the constructors’ championship with eight points. Camel leaves Lotus and fails to provoke the bankruptcy of Lotus.

In December 1990, Peter Collins and Peter Wright bought the stable. Lotus does not have the means to design a new car for 1991, an evolution of the 102 is created, the Lotus 102B who abandons the Lamborghini engine for a V8 Judd.

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The model found is quite exceptional since it is a Formula 1, a Lotus 102 ex Dereck Warwick (GP Italy to Monza 1990!)

It has its V12 engine Lamborghini but the interior is empty.

In 1991 Team Lotus uses it for promotions of the brand or its sponsors of the 1991 season!

Rare for sale, this is a real opportunity to own a real Lotus Formula 1 with its V12 Lamborghini at a reasonable price.

Its price: € 60 000

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1997 DODGE VIPER GTS SRII /40000 €


The Dodge Viper was created at the initiative of Bob Lutz. To provide a historic bond and legitimize the Viper, the group will appeal to Carroll Shelby to soften the eyes of the public. The latter will even say that to build this type of car, you only need a powerful engine, and only think about the rest then.

The first prototype is tested in January 1989. It debuted in 1991 with two pre-production models like the Indianapolis 500 car when Dodge was forced to replace it in the Japan-built Dodge Stealth because of complaints from United Auto Workers, and went on sale in December 1991 as RT / 10 Roadster.

The first Viper (designed with the help of Lamborghini for the mechanical part) is marketed under the Dodge brand and quickly becomes a benchmark sports car in the US market. The model is particularly easy to recognize thanks to its unique and aggressive look and unusual engine. It is immediately a commercial success and a symbolic car for the Dodge brand, which is becoming known all over the world.

After years and several different models (Dodge Viper RT / 10, GTS, GTS-R, ACR, SRT-10, SRT-10 Coupé), the Dodge Viper remains a reference in the market of “muscular” cars (“muscle cars”). “) in North America.

The engine comes from the new V10 block for the Ram pick-up range, although the Viper block is made of aluminum, where the pickup blocks are made of cast iron. The latest version of this engine is a V10 developing 600  hp . Dodge has equipped its Ram, a model of pickup very sold in the United States, in its version SRT-10 (510  hp ).

Its gearbox makes it possible to reach in first gear the legal speed on American motorways, which is generally 55  mph (88  km / h ).

But the Dodge Viper created and developed by engineer Neil Heinneman has been especially successful on all the circuits of the World where it has achieved many successes, including the famous 24 Hours of Daytona in Florida. The first to have it run is a Frenchman, Michel Arnaud, who entered two copies at the 1994 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, entrusted to experienced and renowned drivers (René Arnoux – Justin Bell – Philippe Gache – Bertand Balas – François Migault). Both American cars were ranked second and third in their GT1 class. This feat gave ideas to the parent company in Detroit, Michigan, who decided to invest in developing a competition version. Subsequently, the prestigious Oreca team engaged them in competition and she obtained many successes.

The year 1996 was marked by the start of production of the second generation of the Viper, called SR II. The car was essentially an updated version of the first generation of the Viper, since most of its parts were passed on to this generation.

The RT / 10 has undergone minor changes, the most important being the exhaust positions. The exhaust from the car was moved back to release the return pressure, which increased power to 415 hp and torque to 662 Nm. A removable hardtop was now available with a glass window. sliding. Some components of the steel suspension were replaced by aluminum, resulting in a reduction of 27 kg.

A new Viper model was introduced in late 1996. Known as GTS, the car was essentially a more powerful version of the RT / 10. The roof of the car was designed so that pilots could adjust their helmet during the track days. This was called the double bubble and was used for all subsequent generations of the Viper after the SR II. More than 90% of the GTSs contained new parts compared to the RT / 10 despite similar looks, and the 8.0-liter V10 received an increase in power, the engine now producing a maximum power of 450 hp. The GTS was also the first Viper to receive airbags.

In 1997 and 1998, the Viper would continue to receive minor updates. The GTS would obtain second generation airbags, revised exhaust manifolds and a revised camshaft for 1997, while the RT / 10 increased power up to 450 hp by 1998.

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The Ad that caught our attention is this 1997 Dodge Viper GTS, which is 45,000 km long and seems to be in good condition. 

Many recent expenses have been incurred according to its owner: 

new injectors (1500 €) 
all new engine sensors  
new front and rear brakes  
engine belt 
steering wheel pump 
lamda sensor 
drain and filter  
Spark plugs 

It is equipped with an exhaust valve (original available) 
and a set of chrome rims (original option) can be included in the sale. 
It is also equipped with a kilometer gauge and a type gtsR rear wing

The price is quite reasonable for this supercar of the 90s registered in France.

Its price: 40 000 €

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