Wed, 27th Apr 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

 
  Lot 36
 

1932 Riley Nine Gamecock
One of just 52 survivors

Sold for £25,312

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: GW 3228
Chassis No: 6016255
MOT: Exempt

  • One of approximately 52 examples that are thought to survive
  • Subject to an eight-year restoration upon entering current ownership
  • Understood to have had just four owners from new, two from the same family
  • Accompanied by a history file documenting the restoration

Having been introduced in 1932, the Riley Nine Gamecock featured the marque's latest Plus Ultra underslung chassis and jewel-like 1.1-litre four-cylinder engine. Fed by twin-carburettors allied to a four-speed manual transmission, top speed was promised at 70mph-plus. Sporting a lightweight aluminium body, large diameter drum brakes, all-round semi-elliptic leaf springs, and Duplex Andre adjustable shock absorbers, it retains good road manners to this day. The handsome Gamecock was summed up by Motor Sport magazine 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. Just fifty-two Riley Nine Gamecocks are thought to have survived from the two year production.

Manufactured in 1932, chassis 6016255 is understood to have been first registered to a Colchester vet. This handsome Riley is finished in Green with Black wings and running boards with complementary Green leather interior upholstery and Black hood. Thought to have been retained in original ownership and one subsequent family member until 1973, the car was placed in dry storage upon passing into third ownership until 1996, then stripped for renovation before the project stalled, the vendor then purchased ‘GW 3228’ in 2008, subjecting it to an eight-year comprehensive restoration. Restoration included a replacement ash frame, chassis refresh, engine overhaul, including refurbished carburettors, body repairs and repainting, re-cored radiator, shock absorber refurbishment, new wiring loom, re-upholstery, and a new hood. Additionally, uprated with hydraulic brakes and an electric fan, since completion, ‘GW 3228’ has been used on the Scottish 500 and a tour of Ireland. This attractive Riley is offered with a history file documenting the restoration. One of approximately 52 examples that are thought to survive ‘GW 3228’ has been subject to an eight-year restoration upon entering current ownership. It is understood to have had just four owners from new, with two owners from the same family. The car is accompanied by a history file documenting the restoration.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
paul.cheetham@handh.co.uk
07538 667452

 

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