1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980

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Lot 117
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special
Registration no. BPP 231 Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980

£ 35,000 - 40,000US$ 44,000 - 50,000
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special
Registration no. BPP 231
Chassis no. 22T1980
Engine no. T1980

Footnotes

  • Introduced in 1926, Percy Riley's 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 marque's pre-war offerings were among the world's finest small-capacity sporting cars. Riley's proven twin-camshaft layout was retained for the new Hugh Rose-designed 1½-litre four introduced in 1935. The Falcon saloon made its debut on this new 12hp chassis, which was also available with the familiar Kestrel saloon and Lynx tourer coachwork. In Standard trim the 1½-litre 12/4 engine produced 45/46bhp with single Zenith carburettor. The Special Series came with twin SUs and 52bhp while at the top of the range was the 59/61bhp Sprite specification engine that added £48 to the purchase price.

    Originally a Falcon saloon, 'BPP 231' has been reconstructed in the style of one of Riley's most successful four-cylinder sports cars of the 1930s: the Imp. Like the six-cylinder MPH, the 9hp Imp featured a short-wheelbase chassis that swept upwards over the front axle and was under-slung at the rear, this layout having been first used on the Brooklands Six. The engine was mildly revised and fitted with twin SU carburettors, while a Scintilla magneto was offered as an option. With its long bonnet, flowing wings and short tail, the Imp is without question one of the most attractive small sports cars of its era.

    This Falcon's transformation into an Imp-style special began with a previous owner in 1981. The wheelbase was shortened to 96", the chassis lowered and the radiator moved back, while the heavy torque tube was dispensed with and the axle ratio raised to 4.35:1 using modern MGB parts (the original differential accompanies the car). The engine was rebuilt, being fitted with twin SU carburettors and four-branch exhaust manifold. A Wilson-type pre-selector, the gearbox has been modified to improve clutch action in heavy traffic (a spare gearbox comes with the car). Aluminium coachwork was fashioned over an ash frame and the interior recently trimmed in green leather. Weather equipment comprises a two-piece tonneau cover. There is also a hood frame but no hood. A recent major service included renewing the battery and rear brake shoes.

    The car is offered with current MoT/tax and a sizeable history file containing assorted invoices/receipts, VSCC buff form, some old MoTs, current V5C and reproduction instruction and service books.
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1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
1935 Riley 12/4 'Imp' Special  Chassis no. 22T1980 Engine no. T1980
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