1932 Riley 9hp Plus Ultra Ascot Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 6016245 Engine no. 6016245

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Lot 714
1932 Riley 9hp Plus Ultra Ascot Drophead Coupé
Registration no. TY 9253 Chassis no. 6016245 Engine no. 6016245

Sold for £ 10,062 (US$ 13,359) inc. premium
1932 Riley 9hp Plus Ultra Ascot Drophead Coupé
Registration no. TY 9253
Chassis no. 6016245
Engine no. 6016245
“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.

First registered in February 1932, this Riley Nine is an example of the improved ‘Plus Ultra’ model newly introduced for that year. The previous season’s ‘Plus’ had incorporated an extensive package of improvements to which the ‘Plus Ultra’ added a dropped chassis frame that enabled Riley to keep the Nine’s occupants seated within the wheelbase, to the benefit of ride, comfort and handling, while increasing interior space and improving access. Its coachwork, one of a multitude of styles available on the Nine chassis, is the ‘Ascot’ two-seater-plus-dickey drophead coupé.

‘TY 9253 is a car with a fascinating history, famous in the North East of Scotland and well known to members of the Riley Register worldwide. First registered in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, it was purchased in the 1930s by the Rev Wishart, a Church of Scotland minister at Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. His daughter, Miss Elizabeth Ogilvy Wishart was co-driver of the Riley which she subsequently inherited. Apparently Miss Wishart was a great character, enjoying many escapades with the car, in the maintenance of which she was assisted by John Garden, of Inverurie, RAC scrutineer and owner of 39 Rileys. By the time Miss Wishart stopped driving, because of ill health, she had been behind the wheel of her Riley for 50-or-so years. When she died in the late 1980s the car was sold and its new owner became a member of the Riley Register. Sympathetically restored to a high standard, ‘TY 9253’ is described as in generally good condition with very good interior and paintwork and an engine in full working order. Finished in black with red leather interior, it is offered with sundry invoices, current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5.
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