<B>1935 RILEY 9HP IMP TWO SEATER SPORTS<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 6027683<BR />Engine no. 47252 (see text)

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Lot 35
1935 RILEY 9HP IMP TWO SEATER SPORTS

Sold for US$ 140,800 inc. premium
1935 RILEY 9HP IMP TWO SEATER SPORTS

Chassis no. 6027683
Engine no. 47252 (see text)

1,087cc, OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors, 42bhp at 3,600rpm
4-Speed Pre-select Transmission
Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

* Exquisite Riley, known for their design and detail features
* Known history from new
* Charming patina
* Offered from prominent private collection


THE RILEY 'IMP'

Development work on a standard Riley chassis by engineers/drivers, J G Parry Thomas and Reid Railton so inspired the Riley Board that they sanctioned the designing and building of a two-seater sports car, designated the 'Brooklands'. Six cylinder 'Brooklands' and MPH models followed, and from these developed the next generation of 9hp, four-cylinder sports cars – the Imp. The Imp's chassis featured a 7ft 6in wheelbase, sweeping up over the front axle and under-slung at the rear, emulating the design which had proved successful with the 'Brooklands' six. The exquisite coachwork design of the Imp was way ahead of anything previously seen in an economy production sports car and twin SU carburetors and a Scintilla Vertex magneto were options. The Pre-selector gearbox enhanced the driving experience. With its long bonnet, flowing wings and short tail the Riley Imp is without question one of the most attractive small sports cars of its era.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Unusually, the Riley retains all of its British log books back to day one and these provide a fascinating insight into the car's history. As new its first owner, Harry Rose registered the car for the road in Hendon Central, North London, on September 20, 1935. Within the first two years of its life it changed hands no fewer than 4 times, before landing with John Green of London's Harley Street. A former owner managed to track down Mr. Green in the mid-1990s and at the ripe old age of 87 years, he fondly recalled his ownership, noting 'it was my treasure and I enjoyed every moment of it'. Amazingly, he recounts that once when driving the Imp, he was fired at by a German fighter that missed him and the car, but inspired him to join the RAF! Stationed at Kirton in Lindsey, a period photo of a couple of his friends in the car survived with him and was copied for its history file. He would part with the just after the war, as a burgeoning family necessitated acquisition of a Riley Sedan.

Through 6 consecutive logbooks numerous ownerships are charted, the car moving from the South East of the UK up to the Midlands and Yorkshire. It seems likely that a first refurbishment came in 1955, when a change of color is noted and the original engine replaced with another series unit. Another change of livery came in 1964, when the Imp was repainted to the Red color it still wears to this day, and around this same time the 9hp engine number 47252 which it retains to this day was installed.

Through the 1960s the car migrated from homes in East Anglia to the South West, in Somerset, each owner diligently maintaining it on the road. In 1977 it became the property of noted historic car racer and collector Julian Majzub. The car would later pass into the hands of another noted British Collection, the Pilkington/Totnes Motor Museum. In 2010 the car changed hands once more before crossing the Atlantic into the prominent private collection from which it is offered.

As viewed today, this is clearly a very honest example with a patina accrued over a considerable period of time. Behind its seats is stowed a top which has the appearance of being the original and certainly has considerable age to it. The body appears original and sound, but shows its age. Importantly, it retains all of the elegant lines with which it was borne and details such as the stowing cabins for the 'Brooklands' Aero windscreens/shields are still present.

Undeniably pretty and a refreshing alternative to some of the sporting cars of its era, these are rarely seen in the U.S. This with its comprehensive provenance must be one of the best documented to survive.

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