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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:

CASE INTERNATIONAL 1494 DECALS. HOOD AND FENDERS. SEE PICTURES & DETAILS CASE INTERNATIONAL 1494 DECALS. HOOD AND FENDERS. SEE PICTURES & DETAILS 13 $59.95
FARMALL 1066 DECALS. HOOD AND NUMBERS ONLY. GREAT QUALITY FARMALL 1066 DECALS. HOOD AND NUMBERS ONLY. GREAT QUALITY 5 $38.00
JOHN DEERE 4030 DECALS. HOOD AND NUMBERS ONLY. SEE PICTURES AND DETAILS JOHN DEERE 4030 DECALS. HOOD AND NUMBERS ONLY. SEE PICTURES AND DETAILS 12 $45.00
1951 Riley RMD 2 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe 1951 Riley RMD 2 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe 24 $79,900.00
INTERNATIONAL 584 TRACTOR DECAL SET. HOOD AND NUMBERS ONLY. SEE DETAILS/PICS INTERNATIONAL 584 TRACTOR DECAL SET. HOOD AND NUMBERS ONLY. SEE DETAILS/PICS 9 $38.95
FORD TRACTOR  "JUBILEE"  4000 DECALS. EARLY ROUND HOOD. 1962-65 FORD TRACTOR "JUBILEE" 4000 DECALS. EARLY ROUND HOOD. 1962-65 7 $24.00
CASE INTERNATIONAL MODEL 235 COMPACT TRACTOR HOOD DECALS. SEE DETAILS & PICTURES CASE INTERNATIONAL MODEL 235 COMPACT TRACTOR HOOD DECALS. SEE DETAILS & PICTURES 9 $39.95
1951 Riley RMD 2 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe 1951 Riley RMD 2 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe 24 $79,900.00
JOHN DEERE 4630 DECALS. HOOD ONLY. GREAT QUALITY SEE DETAILS JOHN DEERE 4630 DECALS. HOOD ONLY. GREAT QUALITY SEE DETAILS 9 $45.00
JOHN DEERE 4030 DECALS. HOOD AND NUMBERS ONLY. SEE PICTURES AND DETAILS JOHN DEERE 4030 DECALS. HOOD AND NUMBERS ONLY. SEE PICTURES AND DETAILS 11 $45.00
JOHN DEERE M, MT, 40, 320, 330  PISTON RING SET. STD. 4" BORE. SEE DETAILS JOHN DEERE M, MT, 40, 320, 330 PISTON RING SET. STD. 4" BORE. SEE DETAILS 9 $84.95
JOHN DEERE 2440 HOOD DECALS. EARLY  MODEL.  VERY NICE QUALITY. SEE DETAILS JOHN DEERE 2440 HOOD DECALS. EARLY MODEL. VERY NICE QUALITY. SEE DETAILS 12 $44.95
FARMALL SUPER C DECAL SET. XLENT  MYLAR. SEE DETAILS FARMALL SUPER C DECAL SET. XLENT MYLAR. SEE DETAILS 6 $27.95
FARMALL McCORMICK DEERING MODEL H DECALS. MYLAR.  1939-1944. SEE DETAILS FARMALL McCORMICK DEERING MODEL H DECALS. MYLAR. 1939-1944. SEE DETAILS 13 $31.95
FORD TRACTOR  "JUBILEE"  4000 DECALS. EARLY ROUND HOOD. 1962-65   C- DETAILS. FORD TRACTOR "JUBILEE" 4000 DECALS. EARLY ROUND HOOD. 1962-65 C- DETAILS. 7 $24.95
INTERNATIONAL 484 TRACTOR DECAL SET. HOOD AND NUMBERS ONLY. SEE DETAILS/PICS INTERNATIONAL 484 TRACTOR DECAL SET. HOOD AND NUMBERS ONLY. SEE DETAILS/PICS 9 $38.95
Riley 1948 Riley 1948 18 £16,500.00
1948 RILEY RMA 1.5Ltr Original Reg LUB 443 Older Resto Exc Mech Tax & MOT exempt 1948 RILEY RMA 1.5Ltr Original Reg LUB 443 Older Resto Exc Mech Tax & MOT exempt 6 £4,949.00
Riley elf 1966 998cc 51000 miles classic car Riley elf 1966 998cc 51000 miles classic car 18 £6,500.00
1950 Riley RMA 1.5 Litre 1950 Riley RMA 1.5 Litre 15 £8,000.00
1934 Riley Special- Professional Build 1934 Riley Special- Professional Build 17 £29,500.00
DEPOSIT TAKEN ! FIRST CLASS 1953 RILEY RME 1.5 LITRE - A CAR TO BE CHERISHED DEPOSIT TAKEN ! FIRST CLASS 1953 RILEY RME 1.5 LITRE - A CAR TO BE CHERISHED 18 £18,495.00
RILEY 1.5 1962 24.000 FROM NEW STUNNING  CONDITION  RED LEATHER INTERIOR 24.000 RILEY 1.5 1962 24.000 FROM NEW STUNNING CONDITION RED LEATHER INTERIOR 24.000 12 £9,500.00
1948 RILEY RMA 1.5Ltr Original Reg LUB 443 Older Resto Exc Mech Tax & MOT exempt 1948 RILEY RMA 1.5Ltr Original Reg LUB 443 Older Resto Exc Mech Tax & MOT exempt 7 £4,949.00
1954 Riley RME 1.5 1954 Riley RME 1.5 17 £5,000.00
1948 RILEY RMA 1.5Ltr Original Reg LUB 443 Older Resto Exc Mech Tax & MOT exempt 1948 RILEY RMA 1.5Ltr Original Reg LUB 443 Older Resto Exc Mech Tax & MOT exempt 7 £4,949.00
1951 Riley EMB 2.5 Sports Saloon only 2 owners from new 1951 Riley EMB 2.5 Sports Saloon only 2 owners from new 16 £16,950.00
1948 RILEY RMA 1.5Ltr Original Reg LUB 443 Older Resto Exc Mech Tax & MOT exempt 1948 RILEY RMA 1.5Ltr Original Reg LUB 443 Older Resto Exc Mech Tax & MOT exempt 7 £4,949.00
1948 RILEY RMA 1.5Ltr Original Reg LUB 443 Older Resto Exc Mech Tax & MOT exempt 1948 RILEY RMA 1.5Ltr Original Reg LUB 443 Older Resto Exc Mech Tax & MOT exempt 7 £4,949.00
classic cars classic cars 11 £7,895.00
1953 RILEY RME SALOON PARTS OR   RESTORATION  , FREE SHIPPING 1953 RILEY RME SALOON PARTS OR RESTORATION , FREE SHIPPING 7 £3,950.00
Riley RMB 2.5 Litre with Special Healey Engine. Massive History file .Lovely car Riley RMB 2.5 Litre with Special Healey Engine. Massive History file .Lovely car 19 £19,950.00
Vincent MPH Riley MPH replica Old Timer Vincent MPH Riley MPH replica Old Timer 12 £25,000.00
1948 RILEY RMA 1.5Ltr Original Reg LUB 443 Older Resto Exc Mech Tax & MOT exempt 1948 RILEY RMA 1.5Ltr Original Reg LUB 443 Older Resto Exc Mech Tax & MOT exempt 6 £4,949.00
Riley 15/6 Racing MPH kit Riley 15/6 Racing MPH kit 7 £23,500.00
Riley 12/6 6 cylinder Mentone Riley 12/6 6 cylinder Mentone 14 £15,000.00
Riley 1 1/2 RMA 1950 Riley 1 1/2 RMA 1950 17 £6,000.00
1954 Riley RME 1.5 1954 Riley RME 1.5 12 £5,000.00
1951 Riley RMD 2 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe 1951 Riley RMD 2 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe 24 $79,900.00
1950 Riley RMA 1.5 Litre 2 Previous Owners 90k Miles Very Original Car Restored 1950 Riley RMA 1.5 Litre 2 Previous Owners 90k Miles Very Original Car Restored 12 £7,500.00
1936 Riley Merlin 12/4 1.5 Saloon Pre Selected Gearbox Classic Car 1936 Riley Merlin 12/4 1.5 Saloon Pre Selected Gearbox Classic Car 12 £16,995.00
1930 Ford Model A 1930 Ford Model A 24 $9,100.00
Rare and sought after pre war Riley Special Rare and sought after pre war Riley Special 12 £59,995.00
Riley Elf Mk3 1967 Riley Elf Mk3 1967 12 £4,700.00
1954 Riley 1.5 Litre saloon Saloon Petrol Manual 1954 Riley 1.5 Litre saloon Saloon Petrol Manual 12 £12,950.00
1951 Riley 1951 Riley 24 $7,300.00
FIRST CLASS 1953 RILEY RME 1.5 LITRE - A CAR TO BE CHERISHED AND ENJOYED FIRST CLASS 1953 RILEY RME 1.5 LITRE - A CAR TO BE CHERISHED AND ENJOYED 12 £18,495.00
1968 RILEY ELF/WOLSELEY HORNET  Good fun and reliable, rare little car. 1968 RILEY ELF/WOLSELEY HORNET Good fun and reliable, rare little car. 12 £6,500.00
1951 Riley EMB 2.5 Sports Saloon only 2 owners from new 1951 Riley EMB 2.5 Sports Saloon only 2 owners from new 12 £16,950.00
1936 Riley Kestrel Sprite 1936 Riley Kestrel Sprite 23 $7,600.00
1948 RILEY RMA 1.5Ltr Original Reg LUB 443 Older Resto Exc Mech Tax & MOT exempt 1948 RILEY RMA 1.5Ltr Original Reg LUB 443 Older Resto Exc Mech Tax & MOT exempt 2 £4,949.00
Lovely Riley RMA 1.5 Sports Tourer, 1952 Lovely Riley RMA 1.5 Sports Tourer, 1952 12 £6,250.00
Riley Elf Mk3 1967 Riley Elf Mk3 1967 12 £6,995.00
1968 RILEY ELF/WOLSELEY HORNET  Good fun and reliable, rare little car. 1968 RILEY ELF/WOLSELEY HORNET Good fun and reliable, rare little car. 12 £6,000.00
Vincent MPH Riley MPH replica Old Timer Vincent MPH Riley MPH replica Old Timer 7 £25,000.00
Riley RME Riley RME 12 £7,495.00
1951 Riley RMD 2 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe 1951 Riley RMD 2 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe 24 $79,900.00
Riley Elf Mk3 1967 Riley Elf Mk3 1967 12 £6,995.00
1950 Riley RMA 1.5 Litre 2 Previous Owners 90k Miles Very Original Car Restored 1950 Riley RMA 1.5 Litre 2 Previous Owners 90k Miles Very Original Car Restored 12 £8,750.00
1953 RILEY RME SALOON PARTS OR   RESTORATION  , FREE SHIPPING 1953 RILEY RME SALOON PARTS OR RESTORATION , FREE SHIPPING 1 £3,750.00
1971 Riley 9HP MK IV  Tourer Petrol Manual 1971 Riley 9HP MK IV Tourer Petrol Manual 1 £18,000.00
1952 RILEY RME 1.5 1952 RILEY RME 1.5 6 £14,000.00
Riley RMC Riley RMC 12 £64,990.00
Riley RME special tourer convertible 1954 unique 30s MG Morgan style 2+2 1500cc Riley RME special tourer convertible 1954 unique 30s MG Morgan style 2+2 1500cc 8 £11,950.00
Riley Elf Mk3 1967 Riley Elf Mk3 1967 12 £7,750.00
1968 RILEY ELF/WOLSELEY HORNET  Good fun and reliable, rare little car. 1968 RILEY ELF/WOLSELEY HORNET Good fun and reliable, rare little car. 12 £6,000.00
1962 RILEY 1.5 ONE POINT FIVE MARK 3 1962 RILEY 1.5 ONE POINT FIVE MARK 3 12 £3,850.00
1954 Riley RME 1954 Riley RME 9 £10,995.00
Riley 4/72 Maroon Classic Car Riley 4/72 Maroon Classic Car 3 £8,450.00
1936 Riley 12/4 Lynx Sprite 1936 Riley 12/4 Lynx Sprite 7 £43,950.00
1951 Riley RMD 2 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe 1951 Riley RMD 2 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe 24 $79,900.00
1936 Riley Kestrel Sprite 1936 Riley Kestrel Sprite 23 $15,500.00
1953 RILEY RME SALOON PARTS OR   RESTORATION  , FREE SHIPPING 1953 RILEY RME SALOON PARTS OR RESTORATION , FREE SHIPPING 1 £3,950.00
1935 Riley 12/4 Special 2+2 Sports Tourer in fabulous condition 1935 Riley 12/4 Special 2+2 Sports Tourer in fabulous condition 8 £59,995.00
1938 Riley 12/4 TOURER COACHWORK BY WILKINSON & SON OF DERBY 1938 Riley 12/4 TOURER COACHWORK BY WILKINSON & SON OF DERBY 12 £37,500.00
Vincent MPH Riley MPH replica Old Timer Vincent MPH Riley MPH replica Old Timer 7 £25,000.00
1954 Riley RME 1.5l 1954 Riley RME 1.5l 12 £12,995.00
Riley RMA 1.5 Sports Tourer, 1952, 88,719 miles Riley RMA 1.5 Sports Tourer, 1952, 88,719 miles 12 £6,605.00
1951 Riley EMB 2.5 Sports Saloon only 2 owners from new 1951 Riley EMB 2.5 Sports Saloon only 2 owners from new 12 £16,950.00
RILEY RME 1.5 1954 RILEY RME 1.5 1954 12 £9,000.00
1931 Ford Model A 1931 Ford Model A 12 $32,000.00
1929 Ford Model A 1929 Ford Model A 9 $US $6,500.00
RILEY Super Vee RILEY Super Vee 11 $US $18,000.00
1973 Austin Wolseley SIX Landcrab 2200 1973 Austin Wolseley SIX Landcrab 2200 13 $US $2,200.00
RILEY Super Vee RILEY Super Vee 11 $US $18,000.00
RILEY Super Vee RILEY Super Vee 11 $US $18,000.00
1953 Rolls-Royce Other Touring Saloon 1953 Rolls-Royce Other Touring Saloon 1 $100,000.00
1953 Rolls-Royce Other Touring Saloon 1953 Rolls-Royce Other Touring Saloon 1 $100,000.00
1972 Jeep Commando 1972 Jeep Commando 15 $US $10,600.00
1932 Ford Other Five Window Deuce Coupe 1932 Ford Other Five Window Deuce Coupe 21 $US $32,100.00
RILEY Super Vee RILEY Super Vee 11 $US $18,000.00
1953 Rolls-Royce Other Touring Saloon 1953 Rolls-Royce Other Touring Saloon 1 $100,000.00
RILEY Super Vee RILEY Super Vee 11 $US $18,000.00
1980 Movie Car For "Total Recall" Film G80 1980 Movie Car For "Total Recall" Film G80 12 $US $4,650.00
1953 Rolls-Royce Other Touring Saloon 1953 Rolls-Royce Other Touring Saloon 1 $100,000.00
1980 Riley 1980 Riley 20 $52,000.00
RILEY Super Vee RILEY Super Vee 11 $US $18,000.00
1953 Rolls-Royce Other Touring Saloon 1953 Rolls-Royce Other Touring Saloon 1 $100,000.00
1973 Replica/Kit Makes Urba Centurion Total Recall Movie prop 73 Triumph 1973 Replica/Kit Makes Urba Centurion Total Recall Movie prop 73 Triumph 21 $4,000.00
1969 Other Makes 1969 Other Makes 12 $22,500.00