Lot 269 - 1955 Riley RME
|Odometer reading||51,657 miles|
|Result||Sold - £5,040|
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 example of a late Riley RME was first registered on 4th January 1955 and is presented in Brunswick Green over black coachwork with complementary green leather trim. This lovely well-maintained example shows the perfect balance of patina with the 1.5 litre engine starting on the button when inspected. The car is accompanied by a wealth of paperwork from invoices to owners’ club magazines and even spares. The front seats have been retrimmed but are very well matched to the original rear, the headlining and woodwork are also in very good order throughout. In 2018 the car underwent a £4,000 engine overhaul, and after his purchase in 2020 our vendor has continued to maintain and improve the car. This RME benefits from a new radiator and the history file demonstrates a new water pump kit and master cylinder in 2022. A reliable, solid example of the wonderful classic Riley which comes with a lovely history including original manuals, toolkit and invoices. A delightful classic in good condition which is ready to be enjoyed.
Guide Price £7,000-£10,000
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