Lot 1940

Description:

1936 Riley 9 Tourer
Reg. no. EPD 158
Chassis no. M66M1380
Engine no. 1380
Percy Riley was extremely talented when it came to designing engines; already with several innovations under his belt, by 1926 he had come up with a high-revving 1.1 litre twin-cam engine, which found its natural home in a small, light car designed by his brother Stanley. Thus was born the Riley Nine. Over the next twelve years, it was available with a large array of different body styles, in true Riley fashion. The light-weight design of the car, coupled with the surprisingly powerful and very willing engine, made the Nine an excellent performer in its class, helping Riley acquire quite the sporting reputation. From 1934, another feature for which Rileys became known – the pre-selector gearbox – became an optional extra, helping make the Nine a very easy car to drive by the standards of the time. Production ended after the takeover of Riley by the Nuffield Group in 1938, as the new ownership concentrated on the larger cars.
This 1936 pre-selector equipped Nine has been subject of a restoration by skilled craftsmen, and is now in good condition; there are however still a few jobs to do including weather equipment, and the log book needs updating to reflect the new tourer body and colour change. In current ownership since 2008, it is now only for sale due to ill health. It is offered here with a V5c and an old style logbook.

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£16,000-18,000

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