Transmission: Manual 4-Speed
1928 Riley 9 Mk IV Tourer
Blue fabric bodied with dark blue wings and smart grey leather upholstery.
Ground up restoration in 1998 with new body frame.
One owner from 1959 to 2011.
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The Special Series engine also includes an easily re-fitable twin carburettor and manifold set-up - to go with the car. At present the engine is fitted with single 1" SU carburettor as the car was intended - and indeed is eligible - for VSCC Light Car events.
Recent frame work by Roach Manufacturing and also Riley engine experts Blue Diamond Riley services of Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire
Change of current owner's plans having acquired an alternative Light Car, this car has simply not been driven at all in present ownership, and indeed in the previous owner's hands not used for the 2 years before this ownership due to poor health.
The Riley Nine was produced from 1926 until 1937. Designed by Stanley and Percy Riley in 1925, Riley's General Manager Mr C H Leek had the task of putting the new model into production. The 1087 cc 4-cylinder overhead valve engine with hemispherical cylinder head had large inclined valves operated by pushrods from twin camshafts set high in the crankcase, one for inlet and one for exhaust. With a fully balanced 2-bearing crankshaft, Percy Riley's innovative new engine was free revving and delivered excellent power with 60mph readily available and 40mpg. A long stroke motor with 60.3mm bore and 95.2 stroke, the Riley 9 has a 9'0" wheelbase, and 3'11" track and 1/2 elliptic springs all round. Powerful 4-wheel brakes, adjustable from the cockpit.
The Tourer was priced at £280, the Monaco Saloon being available at £298
Available with either fabric or aluminium bodywork, the open 4-door 4-seat tourers weighed in at only 17.5cwt, allowing the 4-speed box 45mph in 3rd, and nearly 70mph flat out in top.
The Autocar magazine reported on 16th October 1931 : “First of the superlative type of 9hp car, firmly established, regularly improved and as yet scarcely challenged in its class, the Riley Nine has a very definite appeal to those who can appreciate performance, safety, comfort and an appearance out of the ruck.”
S.C.H. "Sammy" Davis of The Autocar - and "Bentley Boy" - competed in the 1927 Lands End Trial in one of the first Riley Nine tourers available, and development continued apace by J.G. Parry-Thomas and later Reid Railton, eventually culminating in the Brooklands Nine
The low set of the Riley 9 chassis of this VSCC Light Car-eligible car allows for wonderful road holding, a few years in advance of many other cars of the time.
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