29th Nov, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

Lot 86

1950 Riley RMD Drophead Coupe
No Reserve

Sold for £10,125

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: 638 UXR
Chassis No: 60D7570
MOT: Exempt

  • A genuine RMD Drophead Coupe
  • Powered by a Straight-six 2.5 litre Triumph engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive
  • Upgraded to BMW 3-series discs up front, with a Wilwood dual-circuit system
  • Recently returned from a Spanish road trip covering c.1,700 miles

The RM Series cars were the last 'proper' Rileys. The RMC and RMD were limited edition soft-tops, the latter offered more space following feedback from the RMC. While the latter was a conventional two-door Drophead Coupe, the RMC was a two-door Roadster version of the RMB. Finished in Blue and White, with a Red leather interior, prior to the current owner '638 UXR' had been in long-term ownership since 2007. This particular RMD had been extensively restored by an enthusiast prior to 2007 after being laid up for some 20 years. Whilst common for RM saloons to be modified to a Drophead, the vendor has documentation available that evidences this RMD as a genuine Drophead Coupe.

The subject of improvements the obvious addition has been a straight six 2.5 litre engine from a Triumph donor. Offering more power and torque qualities, there is a four-speed manual with overdrive, offering quieter long-legged cruising. Other upgrades include tubeless tyres on 16-inch steel rims, the brakes have been upgraded to BMW 3-series discs up front, with a Wilwood dual circuit system. The electric system is now 12 volt, and Bluetooth has been fitted. A previous owner has fitted an electronic points kit and an electric fan with thermostatic switch control. With dual circuit brakes with discs up front, this 1950 Riley has been equipped to deal with more modern roads. The engine and gearbox are said to be 'Very Good, and '638 UXR' has recently returned from a Spanish road trip covering c.1,700 miles.

The restoration has now mellowed somewhat and after some 18 years the car still presents well, evidently cared for and enjoyed over the years. Offered with a spare dashboard and the original front drum brakes plus workshop manual, instruction book, photographs of the restoration and current V5C, the RMD is ready for a new chapter in its history, with a new custodian.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 29th Nov, 2023

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Tuesday 28th November 2023 from 12pm to 8pm
Wednesday 29th November 2023 from 9am

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