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Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 24
Lot 24 - 1932 Riley 9 Gamecock

1932 Riley 9 Gamecock

Sold for £31,500

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: YY 747
Chassis No: 6016790
Mot Expiry: July 2015

- 1 of just 52 or so Nine Gamecocks known to have survived

- Treated to over £8,800 worth of fettling during the past 12 months

- Proven VSCC Trials competitor

Further Info:

Introduced in 1932, the Riley 9 Gamecock featured the marque's latest Plus Ultra underslung chassis and jewel-like 1089cc four-cylinder engine. Fed by twin SU carburettors, the latter was allied to four-speed manual transmission and promised a 70mph plus top speed. Sporting a lightweight aluminium body, large diameter drum brakes, all-round semi-elliptic leaf-springs and Duplex Andre adjustable shock absorbers, the model retains good road manners to this day. Undeniably handsome, the Gamecock was summed-up by Motor Sport as `a neat and handy vehicle which combined a lively performance with freedom from constant tuning'. No stranger to competition, a three-strong Works team won a prestigious Coupe des Alpes (up to 1100cc class) on the 1932 International Alpine Rally. Only in production for two years, just fifty-two or so 9 Gamecocks are known to have survived.

Treated to a new ash frame, replacement crown wheel and pinion and overhauled engine (including carburettors) when restored by its previous keeper for VSCC Trials use, chassis 6016790 has enjoyed further development since entering the current ownership last year. As well as a hotter engine (though, the original powerplant accompanies it), work saw the Riley benefit from a wiring check, ride height increase, raised fuel tank, brake system refurbishment and replacement / relocated rear lights plus the fitment of a battery isolator switch, fire extinguisher and side exhaust. Successfully completing four of the VSCC's challenging Winter Trials thereafter, chassis 6016790 is only coming back onto the market due to health reasons. Classified by the VSCC as Standard (as opposed to Modified or Special) and listed in `Sporting Rileys' by D.G. Styles, this appealing Gamecock is offered for sale with a tonneau cover, indoor dust sheet, current MOT certificate, its original London registration number `YY 747', sundry spare parts and invoices documenting the last 12 months' expenditure which total over £8,800.

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