Lot 123 - 1954 Riley RME
|Odometer reading||10,372 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £16,000|
Despite producing some fine small saloons and sporting cars while carving out an enviable competition record for itself during the early 1930s, Riley had lost its battle to remain independent and was part of the Nuffield Organisation by the decade’s end. Rileys of the immediate post-war years were, nevertheless, recognisably products of the ‘old firm’. Most popular of these was the 1.5 litre RMA sports saloon, which came with torsion bar independent front suspension, hydro-mechanical brakes and Riley’s classic twin-camshaft, overhead-valve engine in four-cylinder guise. An improved version, the RME, with fully hydraulic brakes appeared in 1952 and continued in production until 1955.
This very original example is presented in Maroon over Cream with red leather interior. The V5C shows only three former keepers and the registration number is non-transferable. A substantial restoration was undertaken by the previous owner, but the present owner has carried out a recent overhaul including new brake cylinders all round, brake pipes, new long handbrake cable, new choke and throttle control cables, new HT leads, plugs, points and condenser. The vendor has also fitted trafficators and new headlights. A nice example of this very useable British classic.
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