Lot C520


1948 Riley RMA
Reg. no. LUB 443
Chassis no. 385-14271
Engine no. A4293
Although Riley had been incorporated into William Morris’ Nuffield empire in 1938, the Coventry firm still retained control of its design process until the creation of BMC in 1952. Thus, the RM series of cars, launched in August 1945, were the last cars carrying the Riley name that were developed independently by the company. While some companies re-launched their pre-war models following the end of hostilities, this was not an option for Riley, as the patterns and dies for the pre-war models had been destroyed during the Coventry Blitz. The RM therefore consisted of a new chassis and new body; the body remaining wood-framed in traditional style. The chassis featured independent torsion-bar front suspension. The RMA utilised a 1 ½ litre four-cylinder engine, derived from Riley’s highly successful 12hp and 1 ½ litre models of the pre-war period. This engine, with 60bhp, gave the car a top speed of 75mph – very good for the time, and more than enough in 1940s Britain with no motorways. The car also handled well thanks to the new chassis and suspension. On the inside, RMAs were well-equipped and luxurious, and the whole car stood out as one of the stars of Britain’s immediate post-war vehicle output.
This particular RMA presents well but would benefit from some improvement cosmetically, there are some areas of the paintwork that hint at some bodywork issues, however overall, here is a car that could be used and enjoyed whilst any jobs are done. With the car we offer a V5C and an old buff logbook.

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£7,500 - 8,000

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