Wed, 16th Oct 2019 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 33

1925 Riley 11.9hp Tourer

Estimated at £13,000 - £17,000

Lot details
Registration No: ES 7436
Chassis No: 3433
Mot Expiry: Exempt

- 1 of only 30 or so sidevalve-engined Rileys known to have survived, Brown leather upholstery

- First registered in Perthshire, laid-up during WW2 and from 1953-1967, highly original and beautifully patinated

- Current Riley Register member ownership since 2004, award winner, history file dating back to 1948

Apparently there is little in the way of pre-war history regarding this charming Riley Tourer. However, it still wears its original Perth registration number, 'ES 7436', and is known to have resided in Auchterarder soon after the end of hostilities. Items from the accompanying history file suggest the Riley was serviced by the supplying garage up until the late 1940s, meaning it might have had just one owner throughout the period concerned. The notes also show the car to have been laid-up both during the war and then from 1953 until 1967, at which point the original fittings and trim were retained, but the car repainted and returned to the road. Between 1971 and 2012 the paper trail confirms the Riley was MOT tested and taxed for at least four months every year, during which period it appears to have accrued a further 12,200 miles.

It was in 2004 that 'ES 7436' was acquired by the vendor - a gentleman apparently well known in Riley Register circles, who has actively campaigned the car in club events over the years and received a number of awards for his efforts. Overall the car is described as being 'nicely mellowed and generally highly original', with 'good' bodywork, Dark Brown paintwork, Brown leather interior trim, four-cylinder engine and three-speed manual transmission. But, although running and driving and thought to be 'mechanically sound' we understand it will require some recommissioning before being returned to the road. It is offered complete with history file that, in addition to the information already mentioned, contains items of correspondence, invoices, details of recent routine servicing, a magazine feature and a degree of post-1948 ownership information.

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