Overview
Produced: 1961-1969, 30912 produced.
Types: Saloon,2 doors,4 seats

In 1961 BMC announced two new "badge-engineered" versions of its, by now, famous Mini saloon design, the Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet. The Riley version was the more expensive of the two cars and could be distinguished by its Riley grille and badging.

The new cars used a modified Mini bodyshell which featured an elongated nose/front wings to incorporate the upright grille designs. More importantly the rear of the car was considerably different, longer rear wings provided a much larger boot and gave a distinguished look.

Power came from a 34bhp, 848cc A-Series as found in standard Minis along with all the other usual Mini mechanical features. In 1963 a MKII arrived which used a 998cc engine to improve performance, a final MKIII came in 1966 which introduced wind-up windows and fresh air facia vents. Production of the Elf ended in 1969 after 31,000 had been built.

Engines
CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
848ccS4 OHVBMC A-Series62.92mm x 68.25mm
998ccS4 OHVBMC A-Series62.93mm x 76.2mm
Performance
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
75 mph32.3 s32 mpg
Auction Sales History
Lot
Num
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
123 Riley Elf 998cc Saloon Anglia Car Auctions 23 Nov 2013 Not sold
123 Riley Elf 998cc Saloon Anglia Car Auctions 9 Nov 2013 Not sold
101 Riley Elf MKIII Barons 16 Jul 2012 - £2500.00
298 Riley Elf Mk. III Historics at Brooklands 18 Feb 2012 - £3960.00
18 Riley Elf MKIII H&H Sales Limited 8 Dec 2010 Not sold
Unknown Riley ELF MKII Anglia Car Auctions 10 Oct 2010 £5250.00 -
65 Riley Elf MKIII H&H Sales Limited 9 Dec 2009 Not sold
612 Riley Elf MkII Saloon Bonhams 19 Nov 2008 £2800.00 £3220.00
411 1968 Riley Elf Speedster Bonhams & Butterfields 15 Aug 2007 $8000.00 $9360.00
426 1964 Riley Elf MkII Saloon Bonhams 15 Nov 2006 £31000.00 £36270.00
503 1966 Riley Elf MkII Sedan Bonhams & Butterfields 18 Aug 2006 Not sold
104 Riley Elf MkIII Saloon Bonhams 8 Mar 2004 CHF7500.00 -
238 Riley Elf MKIII (1968) RTS Auctions Ltd 19 Aug 2001 £1000.00 -
209 Riley Elf MKII (1965) RTS Auctions Ltd 19 Nov 2000 £450.00 -
005 Riley Elf (1969) BCA 9 Oct 2000 - £2060.00
213 Riley Elf (1965) RTS Auctions Ltd 9 Jul 2000 Not sold
285 Riley Elf (1967) Cheffins 8 Apr 2000 Not sold
218 Riley Elf (1969) RTS Auctions Ltd 15 Aug 1999 £950.00 -
006 Riley Elf Saloon (1968) H&H Sales Limited 19 Nov 1997 Not sold
508 Riley Elf MKIII (1969) Brooks 25 Sep 1997 - £3852.00
364 Riley Elf MKII (1968) Sothebys 23 Sep 1996 - £1610.00
101 Riley Elf (1968) Greens 8 Apr 1996 £1100.00 -
811 Riley Elf Saloon (1965) Brooks 4 Dec 1995 £1300.00 -
204 Riley Elf MKII (1967) RTS Auctions Ltd 12 Nov 1995 £1000.00 -
004A Riley Elf Saloon (1967) Sandown 14 Oct 1995 £300.00 -
222 Riley Elf (1966) RTS Auctions Ltd 17 Sep 1995 £1400.00 -
301A Riley Elf Saloon (1966) Sothebys 5 Sep 1994 £320.00 -
002 Riley Elf (1964) Sandown 5 Mar 1994 £350.00 -
016 Riley Elf MKII (1966) ADT 21 Feb 1994 £900.00 -
016 Riley Elf MKII (1966) Christies 12 Sep 1992 £600.00 -
Magazine Articles
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Article Buying Guide - Elf and Hornet
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Publication Practical Classics March 2011
Buying Guide - Elf and Hornet - The long-tailed Minis with upmarket Riley and Wolseley badges.
Article Road test - National Elf service
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Publication Classic Car Mart March 2009
Road test - National Elf service- BMC's poshest take on the Mini, adapted to do what rally cars do best - go far and fast!
Article Six of the best...Badge-engineered classics
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Publication Classic Car Mart August 2007
Six of the best...Badge-engineered classics- Humber Sceptre MKIII, Riley Elf/Wolseley Hornet, MG Magnette MK III & IV, Triumoh Acclaim, Vanden Plas 1500, Bentley T-Series.
Article 'What's it all about, Elfie?' 1969 Riley Elf Mk III
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Publication Classic Car Mart April 2005
'What's it all about, Elfie?' - Posh, pretty (and pretty rare today), the Riley Elf is a distinguished Mini-Variant.  Steve Wilson ignores all the obvious elven myths and gets behind the wheel of a small car with class.
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