1950 Riley RMC 2½-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 59554860

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1950 Riley RMC 2½-Litre Roadster
Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. 59554860

£ 27,000 - 32,000US$ 34,000 - 40,000
Amended
1950 Riley RMC 2½-Litre Roadster
Registration no. to be advised
Chassis no. 59554860
*One of 507 made
*Imported from Australia
*No rust issues
*One of the last 'old school' Rileys

Footnotes

  • 'As a whole, this car gives the strongest possible impression, always associated with the Riley marque, of efficient design in the first instance, and honest workmanship and construction. With its high performance, its useful seating capacity and its quite exceptional luggage space, it should have an especial appeal to those overseas who want a car of character capable of covering big distances fast and tirelessly... more particularly, of course, in countries where the weather remains settled for long periods.' - Autocar on the Riley RMC.

    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 by the decade's end and was part of the Nuffield Organisation. Rileys of the immediate post-war years were, nevertheless, recognisably products of the 'old firm'. Most popular of these was the 1½-litre RMA sports saloon, which came with torsion bar independent front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, Girling hydro-mechanical brakes, four-speed synchromesh gearbox and Riley's classic twin-camshaft, overhead-valve engine in four-cylinder guise. Further up the range there was the 2½-litre RMB (identical to the 1½-litre model from the windscreen backwards) which used the pre-war Big Four's 90bhp engine in a lengthened RMA chassis. Built at Coventry and introduced in 1946, the RMB was blessed with 100bhp from 1948 (at which time production was shifted to the MG works at Abingdon) and in this form was good for a top speed of around 95mph. Roadster RMC and drophead coupé RMD versions were manufactured between 1948 and 1951 before the surviving Riley 2½-Litre saloon model was face-lifted in 1½-Litre RME fashion, becoming the RMF. A total of 507 RMCs and 502 RMDs had been completed by the time production of soft-top RMs ceased.

    A recent import from Australia, this RMC roadster is said to have no rust issues and has never needed any welding. The car is finished in blue and has a matching leather interior of good quality and a mohair hood. Described as in generally very good condition, running and driving well, this desirable 'old school' Riley soft-top comes with a NOVA declaration and is expected to be UK registered by time of sale.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the chassis number should read: 59SS4860 and is misprinted in the catalogue. The V5 will follow after the sale.
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1950 Riley RMC 2½-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 59554860
1950 Riley RMC 2½-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 59554860
1950 Riley RMC 2½-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 59554860
1950 Riley RMC 2½-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 59554860
1950 Riley RMC 2½-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. 59554860
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