Lot 281 - 1934 Riley Nine Kestrel Streamline Saloon
|Estimate||£15,000 - £20,000|
The Riley Nine was one of the most successful light cars produced by the British motor industry in the inter-war period between 1926 and 1938. It was largely designed by two of the Riley brothers, Percy and Stanley. Stanley was responsible for the chassis, suspension and body and the older, Percy, designed the engine. The 1087cc four-cylinder engine had hemispherical combustion chambers with the valves inclined at 45° in a crossflow head. To save the expense and complication of overhead camshafts, the valves were operated by two other camshafts mounted high in the crankcase through short pushrods and rockers. At launch in July 1926, two body styles were available, a fabric bodied saloon called the Monaco and a fabric four-seat tourer with had the option of a steel panelling rather than fabric.
After the car's 1926 launch, it was such a critically acclaimed success that after less than a thousand cars had been produced, the works quickly shut down side-valve production and tooled up for the new Nine in early 1928. This switch to the main factory coincided with several modernisations of the Mk. I - the cone clutch was dropped, the gear lever and handbrake were moved from the right to the centre of the car and a Riley steering box was adopted becoming the Mk. II. The Mk. III was a gentle update of the II at the end of 1928, evolving stronger wheels and a different arrangement of rods to the rear brakes.
The Mk. IV was a thorough re working of the Nine - heavier Riley-made six-stud axles replaced the bought in five-stud rod brake items and a new cable braking system was introduced with larger drums.
Whilst the registration documents for this Riley Nine Kestrel Streamline Saloon; buff, green and red, describe seven owners in total, upon closer inspection it appears that four of these keepers are simply changes of ownership within the family. The most recent of which following the passing of Geoff Walker, a true enthusiast of the marque, club member and someone who understood how to look after a vintage car whilst, at the same time, maintaining its character. A diary of the car exists in the history file detailing, in minute detail, the condition, maintenance and thinking behind all works undertaken. The car itself is in extremely sound condition throughout, sporting as it does, the streamlined rear (in steel) with a large factory sunroof. The paintwork is blue over black and, it would appear, the blue has been refreshed some time ago but the overall appearance is of a similar age. The interior is most certainly original with the leatherwork showing its age. Having said that, there are no rips or tears and could, if required, continue its service for years to come. The engine is in 'oily rag' condition and fired up immediately despite the chill November morning and having spent four months stationary. This is an absolutely delightful example of Riley's Kestrel presented in good order and running well.
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