Wed, 22nd Jun 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

  Lot 16

1934 Riley 9 Monaco

Sold for £11,250

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: JG 4867
Chassis No: 60-23084
MOT: Exempt

  • Subject to a repaint in 2018 at a cost of £13,000
  • Known ownership history back to May 1959
  • A successful finisher of the Riley Motor Club's London - Edinburgh - London reliability trial
  • Comprehensive history file with invoices dating back to December 1975

First registered as 'JG 4867' on 18th August 1934, confirmed by the Birkenhead Council-stamped buff continuation logbook, this handsome Riley was briefly resident in Manchester, Huntingdon, Yeovil and Essex before heading back north to Coventry again thereafter. The 'Monaco' entered its previous ownership in January 2005 and has undergone much improvement at vast expense over the past sixteen years. This included the replacement of the ash body frame (to scuttle) during August - October 2010 and a full respray of the bodywork by marque specialists Ashridge Automobiles during 2017 - 2018 at a cost of circa £13,000.

MOT certificates on file suggest that this delightful pre-war saloon has covered less than 10,000 miles since 1978 (the current odometer reading is c.31,500). Finished in gleaming Red and complemented by the car's original Green leather upholstery, the patina throughout is wonderful, with that heady and intoxicating old car whiff of ancient leather and timber. Offered for sale with a large and comprehensive history file, factory instruction book and lots of invoices, receipts and other related maintenance/service paperwork. An ideal VSCC starter car with the added benefit of having one of the oldest and best-respected badges on the radiator grille.

The current vendor purchased JG4867’ at our Duxford auction in May 2021 for his father who had joined as an apprentice in 1943, staying with the company throughout its many changes, finally leaving in 1986. He had always wanted a Riley but spent most of his earnings on his family instead. After a service and new clutch, 'JG' was used during the summer to collect him from the care home where he lived and taken on short runs and lunches out whenever possible throughout the summer of 2021. She brought joy to the 91 year old on those 5 or 6 occasions, when the weather and rules allowed. Now, sadly she will not be needed anymore, so must move on to a new owner.

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: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Wed, 22nd Jun 2022


Tuesday 21st June 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 22nd June 2022 from 9am

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