Lot 1958


1931 Riley 9 Tourer
Reg. no. 4655 YN 14 (French Registration)
Chassis no. 6013920
Engine no. 248974
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 12 years, it was available with a large array of different body styles, in true Riley fashion. The lightweight 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. The appeal of the Nine has been lasting, and now there are few pre-war cars that are as easy to own and use.
This 1931 Nine was originally a saloon, but was rebodied by the then-owner, a skilled carpenter, in the late \'70s and early \'80s. Used for touring on the continent in the 1980s and 1990s, it was bought by our vendor in 2002 and thereafter has been resident in France, where it has been in regular use. Fitted with a new cylinder head gasket, reground valves and new alloy engine water outlets in 2016, it is in good all-round condition. Originally registered OU 9088, this Riley currently has a French registration, but included in the sale are an original UK tax disc, a duplicate V5c and several old UK MOT certificates. Also included are the original UK registration numberplates.

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