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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:

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
1933 Riley Nine Gamecock, An Interesting Alternative to an MG TC TD TF 1933 Riley Nine Gamecock, An Interesting Alternative to an MG TC TD TF 1 $18,100.00
1948 RILEY RMA 1 1/2 LITER SALOON-ALL ORIGINAL-EXTENSIVE HISTORY-LEFT-HAND DRIVE 1948 RILEY RMA 1 1/2 LITER SALOON-ALL ORIGINAL-EXTENSIVE HISTORY-LEFT-HAND DRIVE 12 $5,200.00
Riley 2.6 Classic Rally Car For Sale - Marathon Specification Riley 2.6 Classic Rally Car For Sale - Marathon Specification 11 £22,995.00
1951 Riley RMA Saloon! Solid Car!  Many Original Features! 1951 Riley RMA Saloon! Solid Car! Many Original Features! 4 $7,600.03
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
1952 Riley RMB Saloon, RESTORED, Very Rare, LOW Reserve 1952 Riley RMB Saloon, RESTORED, Very Rare, LOW Reserve 11 $5,502.00
 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 Long Wheel Base Saloon Riley Long Wheel Base Saloon 11 $20,444.00
1951 Riley RMA Saloon - Great Driver!  RARE Car! 1951 Riley RMA Saloon - Great Driver! RARE Car! 4 $5,161.00
 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
RILEY ELF SALOON 1964..IMPORTED  FROM CHICHESTER SUSSEX ENGLAND RILEY ELF SALOON 1964..IMPORTED FROM CHICHESTER SUSSEX ENGLAND 11 $7,503.00
 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
 RILEY RMF 2.5 1953 RILEY RMF 2.5 1953 11 £6,880.00
1966 British-New Zealand Riley Kestrel 1100, like the MG1100 1966 British-New Zealand Riley Kestrel 1100, like the MG1100 11 $6,622.00
 Riley 1.5 RME Riley 1.5 RME 10 £7,000.00
Riley RMF Riley RMF 11 $6,635.00
 Riley One Point Five 1.5 Great First Time Classic Historic Vehicle Riley One Point Five 1.5 Great First Time Classic Historic Vehicle 11 £4,950.00
 1951 Riley 2.5 LITRE RMB Saloon Manual Maroon 1951 Riley 2.5 LITRE RMB Saloon Manual Maroon 11 £7,450.00
Rare 1951 Riley Street Rod Rare 1951 Riley Street Rod 11 $26,939.00
1951 Riley Street Rod 1951 Riley Street Rod 11 $26,604.00
 RILEY 2.5 LITRE RMB RED/CREAM RILEY 2.5 LITRE RMB RED/CREAM 3 £9,900.00
 RILEY ELF MK3 1968 PERSIAN BLUE, NEW CLUTCH FITTED not Austin Mini RILEY ELF MK3 1968 PERSIAN BLUE, NEW CLUTCH FITTED not Austin Mini 11 £3,800.00
 RILEY RMA 1.5 RED/BLACK RILEY RMA 1.5 RED/BLACK 11 £7,500.00
 RILEY RMA 1948 SUPERB CONDITION RILEY RMA 1948 SUPERB CONDITION 8 £12,000.00
 RILEY 1.5 RME WITH GREAT RILEY 1.5 RME WITH GREAT 11 £4,995.00
 1934 Riley 9 Kestrel sports saloon 1934 Riley 9 Kestrel sports saloon 11 £8,600.00
 1952 Riley RME 4 door Saloon 1952 Riley RME 4 door Saloon 11 £6,500.00
 Vincent lightweight, Riley special Brooklands inspired replica racer Vincent lightweight, Riley special Brooklands inspired replica racer 1 £15,975.00
 1954 Riley RME 1.5 LITRE 1954 Riley RME 1.5 LITRE 11 £6,850.00
 1952 Riley 2.5 LITRE RMF Saloon Manual Green over Beige 1952 Riley 2.5 LITRE RMF Saloon Manual Green over Beige 11 £16,980.00
1954 Riley RME 1 1/2 litre 1954 Riley RME 1 1/2 litre 9 $16,085.00
 mini riley elf rally car mini riley elf rally car 10 £2,995.00