1935 Riley 1½-Litre Kestrel  Chassis no. 22T 1238 Engine no. SL 4168

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Lot 609
1935 Riley 1½-Litre Kestrel
Registration no. VD 5254 Chassis no. 22T 1238 Engine no. SL 4168

Sold for £ 61,980 (US$ 78,429) inc. premium
1935 Riley 1½-Litre Kestrel
Registration no. VD 5254
Chassis no. 22T 1238
Engine no. SL 4168

Footnotes

  • 'September 1934 heralded the introduction of a new 1½ litre range of cars from the Riley stable, rather a case of "Something Old – Something New" in a way. Two features made it something old: it was a revival of the four cylinder 1½ litre engine format – extinct as far as Riley was concerned since 1928 - and it incorporated most of the design features of the now-famous Nine. Two features made it something new: it was a completely new range of cars with an engine designed by a newcomer to the Riley design team – Hugh Rose.' – David G Styles, 'As Old as the Industry: Riley 1898-1969'.
    First 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. Looking to all intents and purposes like a twin-overhead-camshaft design, the Nine's cross-flow cylinder head featured hemispherical combustion chambers and valves inclined at an included angle of 90 degrees. The twin gear-driven camshafts were mounted high in the block, operating the valves via short pushrods.
    This successful high-camshaft layout was retained for the new Hugh Rose-designed 1½-litre four introduced in 1935. The Falcon saloon debuted on this new 12hp chassis, which was also available with the familiar streamlined Kestrel saloon and Lynx tourer coachwork, while the following year the range was augmented by the Sprite two-seater sports and three saloons: the Adelphi and six-light Kestrel on the 112.5" long-wheelbase chassis and the all-steel Merlin on the short-wheelbase (106") frame. Other noteworthy features of the 1½-Litre included Girling rod brakes, Armstrong-Siddeley pre-selector transmission and Bijur automatic chassis lubrication. The well-liked 1½-Litre model in its various guises remained a fixture of the Riley range until the firm's take-over by Morris in 1938.
    Originally a Kestrel four-door saloon, this Riley 1½-Litre was restored and converted to three-position drophead coupé coachwork by the current vendor, who was also responsible for its design and construction, which consumed approximately 10,000 hours! During the rebuild an overdrive was fitted, operating on all forward gears to give eight speeds in total, and the engine treated to a 'Stage 1' tune consisting of a high-lift camshaft and twin carburettors. Riley components were used wherever practicable and since completion the car has covered some 5,000 miles. The owner's Herculean efforts have been well rewarded, as 'VD 5254' has gone on to win its class at the Riley Register Concours on four occasions since its completion in 2004. Described as in generally very good condition, with excellent bodywork, the car is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 document.
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1935 Riley 1½-Litre Kestrel  Chassis no. 22T 1238 Engine no. SL 4168
1935 Riley 1½-Litre Kestrel  Chassis no. 22T 1238 Engine no. SL 4168
1935 Riley 1½-Litre Kestrel  Chassis no. 22T 1238 Engine no. SL 4168
1935 Riley 1½-Litre Kestrel  Chassis no. 22T 1238 Engine no. SL 4168
1935 Riley 1½-Litre Kestrel  Chassis no. 22T 1238 Engine no. SL 4168
1935 Riley 1½-Litre Kestrel  Chassis no. 22T 1238 Engine no. SL 4168
1935 Riley 1½-Litre Kestrel  Chassis no. 22T 1238 Engine no. SL 4168
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