1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782

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Lot 35
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Riley Registration no. EF 3766 Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782

Sold for £ 20,700 (US$ 26,248) inc. premium
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Riley

Registration no. EF 3766
Chassis no. 60-950
Engine no. 4782

*The oldest surviving two-seater Nine
*One of only six Mark I Nines in the Riley Register
*Known history from new
*Six owners from new
*Restored in 1986

Footnotes

  • Introduced for 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. Riley's new Nine was an instant success and soon gained its famous sobriquet: 'The Wonder Car'.

    Carrying its original and unique drophead coupé body, the car offered here is the oldest surviving two-seater Nine. 'EF 3776' was first registered to Mr EFG Ball of Hooten, Cheshire on 31st March 1928 and has had six owners in total. Mr Ball kept the car for 39 years until his death in the mid 1960s, when it passed to Thomas Collins of Wigan, Lancashire. Next owners Jim and Barbara Ward of Ormskirk, Lancashire acquired the Riley in 1970 and would keep it for 26 years. Restored by Jim in 1986 (bills on file), the Nine won the Vintage Class at the Coventry Concours in the summer of 1987. In September 1996, 'EF 3776' passed to Glyn and Cynthia Griffiths of Yark Hill, Hereford, who were followed by William Day of Pulborough, Sussex (2005) and then the current vendors, in October 2009.
    The 950th of 1,000 'Mark I' Nines produced, this car retains matching chassis and engine numbers, and still has its original mid-brown leather interior trim and seats; its original leather-covered dickey seat; and its original hood. All the characteristic 'Mark I' features are in good order including the right-hand gear change; round-top rocker covers; cone clutch with open clutch pit; and all nickel plated fittings. Conversion to coil ignition (from magneto) is the only notified deviation from factory specification.

    Many accessories were fitted when new (full list available), including the very useful Leveroll adjustable bench seat, which can be seen in the accompanying photograph taken in the early 1930s. It can be seen that there has been no change in specification in almost 90 years. In short: this is an original car in generally excellent order, boasting Riley's typically high quality finish throughout and a practical all-weather body style. Offered with an old-style logbook and V5C document, it is an ideal acquisition for 2016, which marks the 90th anniversary of The Wonder Car's introduction.

Saleroom notices

  • The registration number is EF 3776, not as catalogued.
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1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
1928 Riley 9hp 'Mark I' Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 60-950 Engine no. 4782
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