Lot 262 - 1954 Riley Imp Tribute
|Odometer reading||8,286 miles|
|Estimate||£38,000 - £45,000|
The Riley Imp was first produced in 1934 with a short production run lasting just two years with around 120 built. Powered by Riley's successful 9hp engine and fitted into a short chassis of 7'6", the Imp proved to be a very adept competitor on race circuits and rallies. At the 1934 24 Hours du Mans, all three Imps finished with the works entry finishing 6th overall and 2nd in class, ahead of more powerful Bugatti's and Aston Martin Ulster's. The lines and profile are exquisite and typify the hand-penned craftsmanship of the period.
This skilful tribute presented here today started life as an RME saloon in 1954 however, the major change took place some 50 years later when the vendor, an accomplished mechanic in his own right, acquired the now, very down at heel, chassis and what remained of the body and began the painstaking and exhaustive process of stripping down, making good and rebuilding the car into his interpretation of his favourite sportscar, the Riley Imp. His attention to detail was meticulous and the build took until 2009 to complete, some five years. The front and rear wings and boot lid are indeed the real thing but other items have the original RME to thank. The high quality interior is custom made and STC of Seaford painted the car in striking red. As the entrant to many local classic car shows, it is no surprise that it often walked away with top honours such was the finish, presentation and attention to detail. Splendid motoring for the summer months.
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