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1951 Riley Street Rod

Sale price: $26,604.00 make an offer

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Date: 2014-10-24
I'm going to be in Claremont tomorrow morning. If this car is still for sale I'd like to see it.  Regards, Brad Brad Martin (from Laguna Hills, CA) offered usd
Car location: Claremont, California, United States
Sale type: Fixed price listing

Technical specifications, photos and description:

Manufacturer: other makes
Model: Saloon
Year: 1951
Type: 4 door
Color: Creme on creme
Mileage: 12,500
Transmission: chevy 700r
Fuel Type: Regular
Trim: Chrome
Interior Color: Tan
Vehicle Title: Clear
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1951 Riley Street Rod for sale

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4. 3L Chevy V-6 Engine with HEI Ignition

700R4 Chevy Transmission with Overdrive

Mustang II Front Suspension

Chevy Rear End with Leaf Springs

Power Brakes with Front Discs and Rear Drums

Rallye Wheels and Firestone FR380 Tires

Air Conditioner and Heater

Dolphin Gauges including Tachometer

Pioneer Premier Super Tuner AM-FM Radio with CD Player

Boston Sound Speakers Front and Rear

Creme on Creme Ext. Color. Wheat Landau Top. an Tweed Interior

Custom Fit WeatherShield Car Cover

On Jun-24-13 at 05:36:54 PDT. seller added the following information:

Rare 1951 Riley Saloon (“Baby Bentley”) Modifications

  4. 3L Chevy V-6 Engine with HEI Ignition

  700R4 Chevy Transmission with Overdrive

  Mustang II Front Suspension

  Chevy Rear End with Leaf Springs

  Power Brakes with Front Discs and Rear Drums

  Rallye Wheels and Firestone FR380 Tires

  Air Conditioner and Heater

  Dolphin Gauges including Tachometer

  Pioneer Premier Super Tuner AM-FM Radio with CD Player

  Boston Sound Speakers Front and Rear

  Creme on Creme Exterior Color with Wheat Landau Top and Tan Tweed Interior

  Custom Fit Weathershield Car Cover

Brief History of this 1951 RMB Riley Saloon VIN #61S8314


Built in Abingdon. UK 


Price when new: 1125 English Pounds or US $3151 at that time


Original color green


Original 2. 5 Liter. 90 HP. 4-cylinder engine


0 to 60 MPH in 15. 2 seconds


Standing quarter mile in 19. 8 seconds


Maximum speed 96 MPH


A total of 1345 RMB's were made in 1951.   Of these. 145 were made with left-hand drive for export.   Some of the LHD were shipped to mainland Europe and some to the US.   (Information from the Riley Motor Club UK Registry)


Current estimate is that there are fewer than 100 drivable Rileys of all years in the US now.


Brief History of the Riley Car


The Bonnick Cycle Company started making bicycles in 1890.   Iincluded was the well known Sturmey Archer hub gearing.


In 1896 William Riley purchased the company. renamed it the Riley Cycle Company and started making motorcycles as well.


In 1903 sons of William Riley started a new business named Riley Engine Company.   They produced the first Riley Car. Vee-Twin Tourer. in 1905.


Subsequently William Riley took a major interest in the cars and stopped production of motorcycles in 1907 and bicycles in 1911 to focus fully on cars.


In 1912 the company was renamed Riley Limited and grew rapidly during the 1920's and 1930's.


In the 1930's the Riley sons developed improvements in engine technology and distinguished the Riley in sports and racing.


The company was purchased by Lord Nuffield in 1938 and was renamed Riley Motors.


After World War II Riley started making the RMA (1. 5L) and the RMB (2. 5L) models with entry into “Magnificent Motoring” featuring larger engines and independent front suspension.


1952 Lord Nuffield merged the company with Austin as the British Motors Corporation.   In the mid 1950's BMC produced an all-new Riley model RMH. subsequently called “the last real Riley. ”


In 1968 mergers with BMC and others created the British Leyland Motor Corporation.   In 1969 British Leyland stopped production of the Riley.


The Riley RMA's and RMB's are now considered collectible classics.


The Riley Motor Clubs in the UK. North America and other places now honor. support the restoration. and provide spare parts and a meeting ground for Riley owners.



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