1934/5 Riley 9hp Kestrel Saloon  Chassis no. 6027175 Engine no. 55352

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Lot 625
1934/5 Riley 9hp Kestrel Saloon
Registration no. BVW 735 Chassis no. 6027175 Engine no. 55352

Sold for £ 6,900 (US$ 8,675) inc. premium
1934/5 Riley 9hp Kestrel Saloon
Registration no. BVW 735
Chassis no. 6027175
Engine no. 55352

Footnotes

  • 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 manufacturer’s pre-war offerings were among the world’s finest small-capacity sporting cars. Representing Riley’s ‘last word’ in modernity and offered on both the four- and six-cylinder chassis, the aerodynamic Kestrel saloon was an exciting addition to the range in 1933. By the time this particular example was made, the Nine had incorporated a further series of refinements that included a lower final drive ratio, coil/distributor ignition, all-helical gearbox, box-section chassis frame, wire wheels and Hartford shock absorbers, while the ENV pre-selector ’box was an option.
    A ‘pre-selector’ model finished in black/green with green leather interior, this Riley Kestrel has been in the same family’s ownership since the late 1950s. The vendor advises us that ‘BVW 735’ underwent a bodywork restoration in the 1970s but then suffered a broken crankshaft, a failure that kept it off the road until 2000 when the engine was completely rebuilt with a new crank, pistons, etc. Last used on the road in 2004, the car will require re-commissioning (we are advised that it needs new tyres and a battery) before further use. The vehicle is offered with restoration invoices, old-style logbook and Swansea V5 registration document.
1934/5 Riley 9hp Kestrel Saloon  Chassis no. 6027175 Engine no. 55352
1934/5 Riley 9hp Kestrel Saloon  Chassis no. 6027175 Engine no. 55352
1934/5 Riley 9hp Kestrel Saloon  Chassis no. 6027175 Engine no. 55352
1934/5 Riley 9hp Kestrel Saloon  Chassis no. 6027175 Engine no. 55352
1934/5 Riley 9hp Kestrel Saloon  Chassis no. 6027175 Engine no. 55352
1934/5 Riley 9hp Kestrel Saloon  Chassis no. 6027175 Engine no. 55352
1934/5 Riley 9hp Kestrel Saloon  Chassis no. 6027175 Engine no. 55352
1934/5 Riley 9hp Kestrel Saloon  Chassis no. 6027175 Engine no. 55352
1934/5 Riley 9hp Kestrel Saloon  Chassis no. 6027175 Engine no. 55352
1934/5 Riley 9hp Kestrel Saloon  Chassis no. 6027175 Engine no. 55352
1934/5 Riley 9hp Kestrel Saloon  Chassis no. 6027175 Engine no. 55352
1934/5 Riley 9hp Kestrel Saloon  Chassis no. 6027175 Engine no. 55352
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