1952 Riley RMA 1½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42S20407 Engine no. 13528

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Lot 469
1952 Riley RMA 1½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Registration no. 970 YUJ Chassis no. 42S20407 Engine no. 13528

Sold for £ 9,200 (US$ 11,585) inc. premium
1952 Riley RMA 1½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Registration no. 970 YUJ
Chassis no. 42S20407
Engine no. 13528

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 and by the decade's end was part of the Nuffield Organisation. Rileys of the immediate post-war years were, nevertheless, recognisably products of the 'old firm'. These traditionally styled saloons and tourers were the last to bear the famous blue diamond badge and the last to be introduced while Riley was still based in Coventry, rather than sharing the MG factory at Abingdon. Most popular of these models was the 1½-litre RMA sports saloon, introduced towards the end of 1945. One of Britain's first new post-war designs, the RMA came with torsion bar independent front suspension, hydro-mechanical brakes and Riley's classic twin-camshaft, overhead-valve engine in four-cylinder guise, while the Nuffield connection enabled bodies to be coachbuilt in the traditional manner at Morris Bodies in Coventry.

    Originally a saloon, this particular RMA has been completely restored and converted into a drophead coupé. The 'body off' rebuild included refurbishment of the chassis, body and mechanicals together with replacement of the interior and convertible hood. Only some 90 miles have been covered since the rebuild's completion in September 2012 and the Riley is described as in generally very good/excellent condition, starting readily and running very well. The car is offered with sundry restoration invoices, dating certificate, current road fund licence and Swansea V5 document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the Mascot has come off in transit and needs repairing. The title of this vehicle should read 1952 Riley RMA 1½-Litre Drophead Coupé Conversion.
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1952 Riley RMA 1½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42S20407 Engine no. 13528
1952 Riley RMA 1½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42S20407 Engine no. 13528
1952 Riley RMA 1½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42S20407 Engine no. 13528
1952 Riley RMA 1½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42S20407 Engine no. 13528
1952 Riley RMA 1½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42S20407 Engine no. 13528
1952 Riley RMA 1½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42S20407 Engine no. 13528
1952 Riley RMA 1½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42S20407 Engine no. 13528
1952 Riley RMA 1½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42S20407 Engine no. 13528
1952 Riley RMA 1½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42S20407 Engine no. 13528
1952 Riley RMA 1½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 42S20407 Engine no. 13528
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