Lot 249 - 1934 Riley Nine Mk. III Open Tourer
|Odometer reading||2,441 miles|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £11,200|
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. 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.
This 1934 Riley Nine was subject to a restoration in the 1990’s after being rebodied with a tourer body in the early 1970’s. More recently, it has been re-trimmed and fitted with a new hood and side screens. Purchased by the vendor in 2004, it is reported to be in good all-round condition. Finished in cream with black wings and dark blue interior, this pretty 1934 Riley Nine is supplied with a V5C registration document and a file containing invoices and some old MoT test certificates. Very few pre-1939 motor cars are as useable as a Riley Nine with good performance and spare part availability making this a very usable, fun classic car.
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