Lot 110 - 1936 Riley 12/4 Merlin
|Result||Sold - £9,104|
The Riley 12/4 Merlin is a classic British car, which embodies the elegance and sophistication of the pre-war automotive era. Produced by the renowned Riley Motor Company, the 12/4 Merlin was introduced in the late 1930s, just before the outbreak of World War II, and it quickly became an icon of its time. Under the bonnet of the Riley 12/4 Merlin lies a robust 1.5 litre four-cylinder engine, known for its smooth and spirited performance. Its distinctive design showcases the era's art deco influences, with gracefully flowing lines, a sweeping grille, and delicately sculpted wings. The interior is equally charming, featuring plush upholstery and a wood-trimmed dashboard. Not only was the Riley 12/4 Merlin a stylish vehicle, but it also had a strong racing pedigree, participating in various motorsport events of its time. Its nimble handling and responsive engine made it a favourite among racing enthusiasts.
This 12/4 Merlin benefits from an older restoration, believed to have been carried out in the 1990’s. The overall condition of the car today is one that has developed a lovely patina and can be enjoyed as it stands. The car is presented in a dark green with red wire wheels and a leather interior, a colour combination which suits the car perfectly. One of the main features of this example is its pre-select gearbox, a system which proved very popular on pre-war cars and can be a fantastic gearbox, once you are used to how it operates. A pre-select gearbox allows the driver to select the next gear they wish to use, then a simple dip of the clutch engages the next gear when desired. This 12/4 Merlin is being sold without reserve, our vendor purchased the car from a local gentleman earlier this year and has realised the car just isn’t getting the use it deserves, so he has chosen to pass the car to its next custodian, instead of seeing it sit idle.
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