30th Nov, 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Lot 8

1951 Riley RMC 2.5 Litre

Estimated at £28,000 - £32,000

Lot details

Registration No: KWK 661
Chassis No: 612S7630
MOT: Exempt

  • Desirable final production year example presented in the appealing combination of Cream over Black with matching interior
  • Well-known car to the Riley Club having been in current family ownership for the last 17 years
  • Offered for sale after having been purchased from H&H Classics in February of 2005

The RM Series cars were the last 'proper' Rileys - the swansong of the marque before it was subsumed into the mighty British Motor Corporation. The model range was manufactured in Coventry until 1949, when production moved to the MG factory at Abingdon. The RMC and RMD were limited edition Roadsters. While the latter was a conventional two-door Drophead Coupe, the RMC was a far more distinctive variant primarily designed for export to North America.

Ostensibly a two-door convertible version of the RMB, it featured a three-abreast front seat, cutaway doors, foldaway hood, large rear stowage area, fold flat windscreen and lower bonnet line. The 2.5-litre four-cylinder powerplant was also unusual in having twin push rod-operated camshafts placed high in the cylinder block. The unit's output was circa 100bhp at 4,500 rpm - sufficient to accelerate the big Riley to 60mph in around 16.5 seconds and on to a genuine 100mph. Only 507 examples of the RMC are understood to have been produced between 1948 and 1951, making it a rare car by any standards.

A desirable final production year car, this Riley RMC is a well-known example in the Riley Club and is offered for sale after being in current family ownership for the last 17 years, having been purchased from H&H Classics on 26 February 2005. Presented in the attractive combination of Cream over Black with the interior bench seat covered in Black leather featuring matching cream piping, ‘KWK 661’ has been self-maintained in its current ownership by its enthusiast owners. Included with the vehicle is a small collection of previous MOTs, small collection of previous invoices, some correspondence with a previous owner and the current V5C document which displays 3 former keepers. The vendor rates the condition of the bodywork, engine, electrical equipment, paintwork, transmission and interior trim all as ‘Very Good’.

For more information, please contact:
Andreas Hicks


Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 30th Nov, 2022

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