Registration no. AZ 9504 Chassis no. 6016701 Engine no. 36488
'First of the superlative type of 9hp car, firmly established, regularly improved and as yet scarcely challenged in its class, the Riley Nine has a very definite appeal to those who can appreciate performance, safety, comfort and an appearance out of the ruck.' - Autocar, 16th October 1931. Introduced in 1926, Percy Riley's 9hp, 1,087cc twin-camshaft four was an outstanding engine design by any standards, various versions powering Rileys until 1957. Clothed in stylish bodywork by Stanley Riley, the Coventry marque's pre-war offerings were among the world's finest small-capacity sporting cars. Right from the start it was obvious that the 9hp Riley engine possessed enormous potential as a competition unit, and at Brooklands J G Parry-Thomas and Reid Railton were the first to demonstrate just how good it was. The success of their racer led to a production version, the Speed Model, which would turn out to be merely the first in a lengthy series of memorable Riley sports cars. 1929 saw the introduction of the MkIV chassis featuring wider front/rear track and much larger brakes than hitherto. Models available were the Monaco saloon, Biarritz saloon, fabric-bodied four-seat tourer and a brace of coachbuilt tourers. The next significant step forward was made for 1932 with the introduction of the 'Plus Ultra' dropped chassis frame, which increased the body's interior space and improved ingress/egress for both driver and passengers. Priced at £298, the Gamecock sports two-seater made its debut on the new frame.
One of around 40 surviving, this Riley Gamecock was purchased at a Gaydon auction in 1995 and totally restored by the current vendor having been restored previously (in 1981) by P D Smith (photographs on file). The engine was rebuilt by Barry Gillies and the car re-wired, re-trimmed, etc. Winner of many concours awards, 'AZ 9504' has been extensively rallied in France and still presents very well. Finished in blue with matching leather interior, this delightful sporting Riley is offered with old-style logbook, sundry restoration invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 registration document. The convertible hood's full size rear window is the only notified deviation from factory specification.
Please note that the Riley is not MoT'd, being a pre-1960 vehicle this is not required by law.