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Riley History

History

This is the history of the brand Riley since the establishment of the company and up to the most modern of vehicles produced under this brand.

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Riley

To ensure the safe existence four sons William Riley in 1890 left the textile and manufacturing firm bought the bike Bonnick. In 1896 it was renamed Riley Cycle Company Limited. There's a young Percy Riley built the first car with a single-cylinder engine equipped with positively-driven intake valve. All engine parts were made by hand, including cutting gear teeth transmission. The car turned out quite workable, but was never put into production.



1900 was born lightweight three-wheeled motor carriage Royal Riley with the engine De Dion-Buton, two front steering axle and rear drive wheel. In 1904 was built the second car, which was designed for motor Percy Riley, and collected his firm Riley Engine Company, founded by the rest of the sons of William Riley. This car was produced until 1907. Back in 1905 on the basis of "trehkoleski" Percy Riley has developed a 4-wheel model, using the same engine and a new transmission. All vehicles "Riley" set light wheels with spokes and a central locking nut. Wheels will soon become profitable products. They bought many automotive companies.



In 1907, "Riley" has released a 5-seater car "12/18NR" front-engine V2 displacement of 2,035 cm3. In 1909, a model "1ONR" engine V2 in 1390 sm3sproektirovannym Stanley Riley. In 1911, "Riley Cycle Company" ceased production of bicycles and was renamed Riley Limited, Coventry. As William Riley chose to release a Vehicle wheel of his sons in 1912, founded a new company Riley Motor Manufacturing Company no production cars.



The first was the model of "17NR" with a 4-cylinder engine capacity of 2932 cm3, shown at the London Motor Show in 1913. Then the brothers Victor and Stanley opened another company Nero Engine Company, which was manufactured model "10NR" with engine displacement of 1096 cm3. However, its production was interrupted with the outbreak of World War II. All enterprises Riley family moved to release ammunition. In 1914, in their hands was in Foulskhille plant, near Coventry. It was he who after the war became the basis for the reorganization of the "Riley", and since 1919 - its main production center. In the same year, "Riley Limited" discontinued wheels and merged with the "Nero Company." At the same time firm "Riley Motor Manufacturing" completed the landing gear and concentrates on the manufacture of car bodies, having received the name Midland Motor Body Company. Well, "Riley Engin Company" began assembling models "Rayli-17/3ONR" on the old industrial areas.



In 1919, "Riley Limited" released the "HP 10.8", equipped with a 35-horsepower engine displacement of 1498 cm3 with side valves. In 1923, it appeared a sports version of Redwing. At first, Percy Riley decided to devote itself to the construction of stationary and marine engines, so the firm "Riley Engin" appeared only in the automotive sector in 1926, presenting quite a successful car "9NR" or Nine, with an engine displacement of 1087 cm3, The available overhead camshaft and hemispherical combustion chambers. Company "Riley Limited" redesigned engine of its "10.8NR", using the cylinder head of Ricardo, too, with hemispherical combustion chambers. The new machine was called "11/40NR", but in 1928 its production was discontinued. Meanwhile, "Riley Engin Company" introduced three new versions of the model "Nine": sedan Kestrel, sports Brooklands and Monaco - one of the first cars to boot, access to which is opened from inside. In 1929, under the designation of "HP 14.6" version of the model appeared "Nine" with a 6-cylinder engine capacity of 1633 cm3.



To simplify the complex interaction between related firms in 1931, "Riley Limited" took over the general management companies, "Riley Engin" and "Midland." In the 30 years of the program, "Riley" is supplemented by numerous variants of existing models with 4 - and 6-cylinder engines. The most famous among them were Falcon sedan with an aerodynamic body and numerous sports cars: Gamecock, Imp, Sprite, Lynx. Is dominated by the prestigious two-seat roadster "MRN", manufactured in 1934-1935 the small parties. In 1935, "Riley" has produced several samples of more powerful and spacious car "8/90" with a 2.2-liter engine V8.



In the mid 30s the firm began to pursue serious financial difficulties. In 1938, it became the property of the concern Nuffield. In the program there were only three sedan with 4-cylinder engine capacity of 1496 cm3 and 2443. Under the symbol "RM", they were published after the Second World War (until 1953). In 1948, cars were front wheel independent suspension and updated bodywork. In 1952, "Riley" was included in the new British concern British Motor Corporation.



High quality 1.5 - and 2.5-liter engines, "Riley", developed in 1926, has allowed to establish them in 1953 on the new sedans and sports cars series "RME" and Pathfinder. Only in 1957 was replaced by the new 6-cylinder power unit displacement of 2639 cm3 from the car Austin. In the same year appeared the last original "Riley-1, 5L" - lightweight sedan with a 1.5-liter engine. Then began the unification of the products, "Riley" with machines from other member firms of the concern.



Until 1954, the company "Riley" produced typical for her car, but when in Europe and America, there body with no protruding "wings", "Riley" was followed by a general trend by releasing a new Riley Pathfinder based Uolsli-4/44, keeping the chassis and the famous engine. Model Riley never been cheaper cars: their price was three times higher than, for example, Renault-4CV. In 1957, the BBC MCG has released a new six-cylinder engine, which was first installed in Uolsli-6/90 and a new model of Riley-2, 6. Both of these cars have the same body and excellent interior finish of walnut and leather. Model Riley Huanta-Point-Five in 1957 was aimed at a mass buyer, though still a lot of elements of luxury. Model Riley-1, May 1957 issue was the first in the company, "Riley" with a monocoque body. Unladen weight of the machine is 950 kg and the maximum speed - 145 km / h The next car was Riley Elf compact model, designed to compete with the Mini. Since not everyone wanted to be seen in the Mini, many prefer priparkovyvat front of their houses in the Riley Elf. When Bi-MCG has expanded the concept of Mini, creating a series of 1100/1300, followed by Riley and Riley Kestrel-1300. The only external difference of these vehicles was the radiator grille "Riley." Riley cars were more expensive than mini-cars Austin and Morris.


The last big car company, "Riley" was a model 4/72 with a body constructed by "Pininfarina". The car had a four-cylinder engine displacement of 1622 cm3 with dual-barrel carburetor and a capacity of 70 liters. s. at 5000 rev / min. It goes without saying that the same body was at the Wolseley models and MG Magnette. Last Riley left the factory in 1969.

Latest classic Riley cars offered in listings in the United Kingdom:

Riley RMA 1 1/2 litre 4 door saloon Riley RMA 1 1/2 litre 4 door saloon 12 £22,995.00
Riley Elf 1967 Riley Elf 1967 8 £4,500.00
POST VINTAGE 1937 RILEY 12/4 KESTREL SPRITE FULL SUPERB OWNER RESTORATION POST VINTAGE 1937 RILEY 12/4 KESTREL SPRITE FULL SUPERB OWNER RESTORATION 12 £36,900.00
1954 RILEY 1.5 LITRE BLUE ***ORIGINAL CONDITION*** 1954 RILEY 1.5 LITRE BLUE ***ORIGINAL CONDITION*** 9 £9,000.00
1965, Riley Elf Mk-2, fully restored, 65,190 miles - Like Mini, Hornet, Imp etc 1965, Riley Elf Mk-2, fully restored, 65,190 miles - Like Mini, Hornet, Imp etc 12 £3,800.00
Very rare, last of the high spec Riley 1300 cars, before they were discontinued. Very rare, last of the high spec Riley 1300 cars, before they were discontinued. 12 £3,600.00
riley 472 hotrod riley 472 hotrod 12 £6,000.00
Riley Pathfinder Super example & Super rare , just lovely :-) Riley Pathfinder Super example & Super rare , just lovely :-) 12 £11,500.00
Riley 2.6 - 1958 - 1 Previous Owner - Excellent Project - Dry Stored Many Years Riley 2.6 - 1958 - 1 Previous Owner - Excellent Project - Dry Stored Many Years 12 £4,750.00
Riley RM 1.5 Riley RM 1.5 6 £8,000.00
Riley 2 1/2 litre RMB Riley 2 1/2 litre RMB 5 £9,000.00
1966 RILEY ELF BLUE/WHITE 1966 RILEY ELF BLUE/WHITE 5 £4,000.00
Riley RME in very good restored condition with original interior and low mileage Riley RME in very good restored condition with original interior and low mileage 12 £13,450.00
1925 RILEY 11.9 TOURER 1925 RILEY 11.9 TOURER 12 £27,995.00
Riley Pathfinder ( stunning condition ) Riley Pathfinder ( stunning condition ) 12 £12,950.00
Riley Two point Six 2.6 not Pathfinder *REDUCED* Riley Two point Six 2.6 not Pathfinder *REDUCED* 12 £12,950.00
RILEY ELF X2 MK2 MK3 BOTH PROJECTS NEW ENGINES SUBFRAMES BRAKES BMC PARTS RILEY ELF X2 MK2 MK3 BOTH PROJECTS NEW ENGINES SUBFRAMES BRAKES BMC PARTS 12 £5,500.00
1954 RILEY 1.5 LITRE BLUE ***ORIGINAL CONDITION*** 1954 RILEY 1.5 LITRE BLUE ***ORIGINAL CONDITION*** 9 £11,550.00
1954 Riley RME 1500 Call 07584903010 1954 Riley RME 1500 Call 07584903010 12 £7,950.00
1934 Riley 12/4 Kestrel Special 1934 Riley 12/4 Kestrel Special 20 £85,000.00
1965 Riley Elf 1965 Riley Elf 12 £4,750.00
Riley RMA 1.5 LITRE Riley RMA 1.5 LITRE 6 £8,000.00
Riley Nine Merlin Aero Sports Riley Nine Merlin Aero Sports 18 £19,950.00
1954 Riley Imp Tribute 1954 Riley Imp Tribute 9 £43,000.00
1968 RILEY ELF - FULLY ROTISSERIE RESTORED CAR - THE BEST AROUND!! 1968 RILEY ELF - FULLY ROTISSERIE RESTORED CAR - THE BEST AROUND!! 18 £8,499.00
1929 Riley 9HP ‘The Cuthbert Special’ 1929 Riley 9HP ‘The Cuthbert Special’ 9 £65,000.00
Riley 1.5 LITRE RME -45k miles from new Riley 1.5 LITRE RME -45k miles from new 17 £12,950.00
1929 Riley 9HP ‘The Cuthbert Special’ 1929 Riley 9HP ‘The Cuthbert Special’ 9 £65,000.00
1929 Riley 9HP ‘The Cuthbert Special’ 1929 Riley 9HP ‘The Cuthbert Special’ 9 £65,000.00
1936 Riley Kestrel 6 light twin cam. 1936 Riley Kestrel 6 light twin cam. 20 £26,000.00
1925 Riley 11/40 12hp Sports Four Seat Tourer 1925 Riley 11/40 12hp Sports Four Seat Tourer 19 £44,000.00
1953 Riley 2.5 LITRE RMF Manual Wine Red Over Black 1953 Riley 2.5 LITRE RMF Manual Wine Red Over Black 20 £16,980.00
1935 Riley 1½-Litre Kestrel Special roadster 1935 Riley 1½-Litre Kestrel Special roadster 20 £85,000.00
RILEY RMA , Bj 1948 RILEY RMA , Bj 1948 12 £13,500.00
riley car riley car 10 £5,999.00
1935 Riley 12/4 Kestrel Sprite 4 Light Saloon 1935 Riley 12/4 Kestrel Sprite 4 Light Saloon 11 £12,865.00
1932 RILEY "Brooklands" Special Replica with Riley 9hp Engine - Just finished 1932 RILEY "Brooklands" Special Replica with Riley 9hp Engine - Just finished 12 £32,000.00
Riley RME 1.5 litre 1954 Riley RME 1.5 litre 1954 4 £7,500.00
1932 Riley 9 Tourer 1932 Riley 9 Tourer 7 £17,000.00
1965 Riley Elf Classic Car 998cc M.O.T. TAXED-INSURED original WORKSHOP MANUAL. 1965 Riley Elf Classic Car 998cc M.O.T. TAXED-INSURED original WORKSHOP MANUAL. 12 £3,500.00
1952 Riley RMA 1.5 Litre 1952 Riley RMA 1.5 Litre 12 £4,800.00
1965 Riley Elf Classic Car 998cc M.O.T. and TAXED 1965 Riley Elf Classic Car 998cc M.O.T. and TAXED 12 £3,500.00
Riley RME Spatted 1500 1954 Riley RME Spatted 1500 1954 12 £7,995.00
Stylish Open Top Vintage Riley Stylish Open Top Vintage Riley 11 £29,995.00
Riley Gamecock Riley Gamecock 7 £27,500.00
1965 Riley Elf Classic Car 998cc 1965 Riley Elf Classic Car 998cc 12 £3,750.00
Riley RMA 1500 1954 Riley RMA 1500 1954 12 £8,995.00
1926 Riley Sports Two-Seater, ‘The Wentworth Special’ 1926 Riley Sports Two-Seater, ‘The Wentworth Special’ 8 £42,000.00
1965 Riley Elf Classic Car 1965 Riley Elf Classic Car 1 £3,995.00
Land Rover Series 3 88' 1971 MOT & Tax, Stunning condition, complete renovation Land Rover Series 3 88' 1971 MOT & Tax, Stunning condition, complete renovation 12 £7,500.00
Cooper Bristol Cooper Bristol 4 £27,500.00
***1964 LAND ROVER SERIES 2a FULLY RESTORED, WITH LPG CONVERSION** ***1964 LAND ROVER SERIES 2a FULLY RESTORED, WITH LPG CONVERSION** 11 £9,000.00
1993 MERCEDES 500E Genuine car, LHD, Blue-black, outstanding condition, low mile 1993 MERCEDES 500E Genuine car, LHD, Blue-black, outstanding condition, low mile 5 £8,600.00
RARE Mini Mk1 XBD141 Rally BMC Works Replica RARE Mini Mk1 XBD141 Rally BMC Works Replica 11 £5,100.00
Land Rover Series 3 SWB, 88' 1978 MOT & Tax, Total Renovation, New Short Engine Land Rover Series 3 SWB, 88' 1978 MOT & Tax, Total Renovation, New Short Engine 12 £5,250.00
Land Rover Land Rover 7 £3,500.00
1957 BENTLEY S1 H J MULLINER "Six Light" lightweight saloon 1 of 12 Contiental 1957 BENTLEY S1 H J MULLINER "Six Light" lightweight saloon 1 of 12 Contiental 12 £99,995.00
Chevrolet GMC G20 Savana truck/van/MPV Chevrolet GMC G20 Savana truck/van/MPV 12 £7,499.00
rangrover classic,300 tdi conversion rangrover classic,300 tdi conversion 7 £3,600.00
Mercedes 220s Ponton Saloon Mercedes 220s Ponton Saloon 8 £4,098.00
FORD CAPRI 280 FORD CAPRI 280 1 £4,895.00
1971 Rolls Royce Corniche Coupe for restoration 1971 Rolls Royce Corniche Coupe for restoration 2 £6,099.00
Jaguar Mk2 Jaguar Mk2 7 £12,400.00
A true head turner. Cheap buy now in winter with spring approaching. A true head turner. Cheap buy now in winter with spring approaching. 12 £6,000.00
1968 PLYMOUTH SPORT SATELLITE WAGON - CALI IMPORT - UK REG - TAX + MOT - NO RUST 1968 PLYMOUTH SPORT SATELLITE WAGON - CALI IMPORT - UK REG - TAX + MOT - NO RUST 11 £6,000.00
Ford Cortina MK1 Airflow 1966 Fully Restored Shell 2 Door Very Rare Ford Cortina MK1 Airflow 1966 Fully Restored Shell 2 Door Very Rare 12 £4,000.00
Riley 2.6 Classic Rally Car For Sale - Marathon Specification Riley 2.6 Classic Rally Car For Sale - Marathon Specification 11 £22,995.00
1964 RILEY 1.5 - BEAUTIFUL TWIN CARB SPORTING SALOON. PRETTY AS A PICTURE 1964 RILEY 1.5 - BEAUTIFUL TWIN CARB SPORTING SALOON. PRETTY AS A PICTURE 12 £3,600.00
ERA ( ENGLISH RACING AUTOMOBILE ) ERA ( ENGLISH RACING AUTOMOBILE ) 10 £3,500.00
1933 Riley 9 nine project 1933 Riley 9 nine project 5 £3,700.00
1965 Riley Elf MK 2 Saloon 1965 Riley Elf MK 2 Saloon 16 £5,800.00
1952 RILEY RMF 2.5 LITRE TWIN CAM SPORTS SALOON FOR LIGHT RESTORATION 1952 RILEY RMF 2.5 LITRE TWIN CAM SPORTS SALOON FOR LIGHT RESTORATION 12 £6,750.00
Riley RMB Riley RMB 10 £3,800.00
 1935 RILEY KESTREL 4 LIGHT - Remarkably original and superb to drive 1935 RILEY KESTREL 4 LIGHT - Remarkably original and superb to drive 13 £29,995.00
 riley elf riley elf 10 £6,000.00
 RILEY RM SERIES 1953 CONVERTABLE NO RESERVE RILEY RM SERIES 1953 CONVERTABLE NO RESERVE 8 £3,500.00
 1967 Riley ELF.IDEAL DONNER CAR FOR WINTER PROJECT.HARD WORK BEEN DONE.NICE 1967 Riley ELF.IDEAL DONNER CAR FOR WINTER PROJECT.HARD WORK BEEN DONE.NICE 13 £3,495.00
 1947 RILEY RMA GREEN/WHITE 1.5 LOVELY CAR LOTS OF CHARACTER 1947 RILEY RMA GREEN/WHITE 1.5 LOVELY CAR LOTS OF CHARACTER 13 £5,000.00
 RILEY RME 1.5l BLACK RILEY RME 1.5l BLACK 6 £5,500.00
 1928 RILEY 9 Two-Seater Special 1928 RILEY 9 Two-Seater Special 11 £10,100.00
 1952 RILEY RMF 2.5 LITRE TWIN CAM SPORTS SALOON FOR LIGHT RESTORATION 1952 RILEY RMF 2.5 LITRE TWIN CAM SPORTS SALOON FOR LIGHT RESTORATION 11 £6,750.00
 1934 Riley Nine Kestrel Streamline Saloon 1934 Riley Nine Kestrel Streamline Saloon 6 £18,000.00
 RILEY ALPINE TOURER RILEY ALPINE TOURER 7 £46,000.00
 1932 Riley Nine Gamecock 1932 Riley Nine Gamecock 11 £29,995.00
 Riley 9 shooting break by Weymann. VERY RARE Riley 9 shooting break by Weymann. VERY RARE 1 £35,000.00
 Vincent 6 MPH Riley cars inspired kitcar sports car Vincent 6 MPH Riley cars inspired kitcar sports car 3 £19,500.00
 Riley one point five 1963 Riley one point five 1963 7 £3,850.00
 1949 Riley 2 1949 Riley 2 11 £45,000.00
 1954 RILEY BLUE / Black 1954 RILEY BLUE / Black 5 £3,700.00
 riley 1 5 riley 1 5 9 £3,750.00
 Riley 9 1960s racer Cris winder built owned by roger Mortimer barn find Riley 9 1960s racer Cris winder built owned by roger Mortimer barn find 11 £6,400.00
 RILEY KESTREL 1100 BEIGE RILEY KESTREL 1100 BEIGE 9 £3,995.00
 1937 RILEY RED 1937 RILEY RED 11 £14,500.00
 Riley 1.5 LITRE fully restored in 1993 Riley 1.5 LITRE fully restored in 1993 11 £7,500.00
 Classic Car. Stunning 1968 Riley Elf Mk3 (Posh Mini) Classic Car. Stunning 1968 Riley Elf Mk3 (Posh Mini) 11 £6,100.00
 Riley 9 Monaco 1933 Riley 9 Monaco 1933 11 £9,750.00
 1932 RILEY 1932 RILEY 11 £35,000.00
 RILEY .1949 RILEY .1949 11 £15,000.00
 1932 Riley Gamecock 1932 Riley Gamecock 11 £34,900.00
 MG MAGNETTE Mk IV FARINA SALOON (like Wolesley/Riley/Oxford etc), 1622cc, 1965 MG MAGNETTE Mk IV FARINA SALOON (like Wolesley/Riley/Oxford etc), 1622cc, 1965 11 £4,000.00