1954 Riley RME,
Lot 416
1954 Riley RME Saloon RME23088
Sold for £2,300 (US$ 3,758) inc. premium

Lot Details
1954 Riley RME Saloon
Registration no. TKK 233
Chassis no. RME23088
Engine no. RMA13275
Despite producing some fine small saloons and sporting cars, and carving out an enviable competition record for itself during the early 1930s, Riley had lost its battle to remain independent and was part of the Nuffield Organisation by the decade’s end. Rileys of the immediate post-war years were, nevertheless, recognisably products of the ‘old firm’. Most popular of these was the 1.5-litre RMA sports saloon, which came with torsion bar independent front suspension, hydro-mechanical brakes and Riley’s classic twin-camshaft, overhead-valve engine in four-cylinder guise. An improved version - the RME, with fully hydraulic brakes - appeared in 1952 and continued in production until 1955.
We are advised that this RME saloon was restored to a high standard during 1994/95, including a bare-metal re-spray and re-chrome. The cylinder head has been converted to accept lead-free fuel, and the vehicle comes with a bill for this work in addition to a large file of receipts dating back many years. A photographic record of the restoration also is available. In the vendor’s possession for seven years, the car is reported as always reliable and driving beautifully. It is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to July 2006 and Swansea V5.
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