1933 Riley 1.5-Liter 12/4 Lincock Coupe
Chassis no. 47194
Engine no. NL47194
* 1.5-liter in-line four-cylinder
* Manual transmission
* Stylish Lincock Coupe
* Matching Numbers
* Rare survivor with original coachwork
* Excellent survivor or restoration candidate
Clothed in stylish bodywork by Stanley Riley, the Coventry marque's pre-war offerings were among the world's finest small-capacity sporting cars. Percy Riley's 9hp, 1,087cc, twin-camshaft four was an outstanding engine design by any standards, various versions powering Rileys from 1926 to 1957. Since the twin-cam Riley engine was one of the most advanced of its day, it caused little surprise when the Coventry manufacturer created its first six by, in effect, adding a pair of cylinders to the existing design. Hailed as 'The Wonder Car Plus Two', the first 14hp, 1.6-liter six-cylinder models appeared in 1929 followed by the 12hp, 1.5-liter versions in 1933. Riley's 1,633cc, 13.5hp engine was also offered in this chassis, which was built in two different wheelbase lengths (110.3" and 113.5") and was available with a wide variety of bodies in different styles including the Alpine, Kestrel and Mentone saloons, Lincock coupé, Ascot drophead coupé, Lynx tourer and March Special.
Essentially complete and exhibiting tremendous patina, this 1933 Riley would be a most rewarding restoration. It carries stylish Lincock 2-seat coupe coachwork, one of the most unusual body styles fitted to the 12/4 chassis. With semi-elliptic suspension, a 4-speed gearbox, Riley's continuous cable braking system with cam operated shoes and 13" drums and a 10-gallon capacity fuel tank, the 12/4 was a delight to drive and highly regarded in period. Finished in the two-tone color combination of burgundy and white with a red interior, notable features of the bodywork include a sunshine roof, crank out windshield, twin windshield wipers, step boards and wooden fascia. Other noteworthy items include the tool storage compartment, original wire wheels (with rear-mounted spare) and a Pyramid fire extinguisher. Virtually all components and trim items appear to be on the car, right down to the fiddly trim items that so often go missing, presenting the restorer with a relatively straightforward job of making the Riley like new. The car even carries the original British license plate 'VE 8778' and is one of few surviving examples from perhaps a few dozen or so Lincocks made.
US$ 35,000 - 55,000
£23,000 - 36,000
27,000 - 43,000
- Please note that this is a Riley 9 Lincock and not a 12/4 as cataloged. This lot is also fitted with a 1098cc, 9hp motor - not the 1.5 liter. In addition we have been able to ascertain that this car was formerly the property of British Riley Restorer John Burningham, in whose hands it was rebuilt comprehensively in the mid 1970s. It subsequently won numerous awards in the UK, before being sold to Florida in the mid-1980s.
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