1950 Riley RMC 2½-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 6025 7101 Engine no. 7101

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Lot 634
1950 Riley RMC 2½-Litre Roadster
Registration no. NUM 904 Chassis no. 6025 7101 Engine no. 7101

Sold for £ 13,225 (US$ 16,491) inc. premium
1950 Riley RMC 2½-Litre Roadster
Registration no. NUM 904
Chassis no. 6025 7101
Engine no. 7101

Footnotes

  • 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 by the decade’s end and was part of the Nuffield Organisation. Rileys of the immediate post-war years were, nevertheless, recognisably products of the ‘old firm’. Most popular of these was the 1½-litre RMA sports saloon, which came with torsion bar independent front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, Girling hydro-mechanical brakes, four-speed synchromesh gearbox and Riley’s classic twin-camshaft, overhead-valve engine in four-cylinder guise. Further up the range there was the 2½-litre RMB (identical to the 1½-litre model from the windscreen backwards) which used the pre-war Big Four’s 90bhp engine in a lengthened RMA chassis. Built at Coventry and introduced in 1946, the RMB was blessed with 100bhp from 1948 (at which time production was shifted to the MG works at Abingdon) and in this form was good for a top speed of around 95mph. Roadster RMC and drophead coupé RMD versions were manufactured between 1948 and 1951 before the surviving Riley 2½-Litre saloon model was face-lifted in 1½-Litre RME fashion, becoming the RMF. A total of 507 RMCs and 502 RMDs had been completed by the time production of soft-top RMs ceased.
    This RMC roadster was first registered in October 1950 to Paragon (Hull) Motor Co Ltd, of Leeds. Its first private owner, from January 1952, was one J R Burrows, of Batley, followed by various owners in the Oxford area. The car has been in the current owner’s possession since circa 1992, forming part of his private collection, and has been used only sparingly in recent years. Finished in cream with original green leather interior, matching carpets, and beige hood and side screens, it boasts Riley Motor Club and Riley RM Club badges to the front. The vehicle benefits from comparatively recent new tyres and comes with old-style buff logbook, current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5 registration document.

1950 Riley RMC 2½-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 6025 7101 Engine no. 7101
1950 Riley RMC 2½-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 6025 7101 Engine no. 7101
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