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Lot 616: 1935 Riley 9hp Monaco Sports Saloon

Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles, Bonhams (19 November 2007)

�First of the superlative type of 9hp car, firmly established, regularly improved and as yet scarcely challenged in its class, the Riley Nine has a very definite appeal to those who can appreciate performance, safety, comfort and an appearance out of the ruck.� - Autocar, 16th October 1931.
Introduced in 1926, Percy Riley�s 9hp, 1,087cc twin-camshaft �four� was an outstanding engine design by any standards, various versions powering Rileys until 1957. Clothed in stylish bodywork by Stanley Riley, the Coventry manufacturer�s pre-war offerings were among the world�s finest small-capacity sporting cars. Right from the start it was obvious that the 9hp Riley engine possessed enormous potential as a competition unit, and at Brooklands J G Parry-Thomas and Reid Railton were the first to demonstrate just how good it was. The success of their racer led to a production version, the Speed Model, which would turn out to be merely the first in a lengthy series of memorable Riley sports cars. 1929 saw the introduction of the MkIV chassis featuring wider front/rear track and much larger brakes than hitherto. Models available were the Monaco saloon, Biarritz saloon, fabric-bodied four-seat tourer and a brace of coachbuilt tourers. The Monaco saloon was offered into 1935 before being dropped, by which time the Nine had incorporated a further series of refinements that included a lower final drive ratio, coil/distributor ignition, all-helical gearbox, box-section chassis frame, wire wheels and Hartford shock absorbers, while the ENV pre-selector �box was an option.
This Riley Monaco was acquired by celebrated restorer of Vintage motorcycles, Brian Frank, of Snaith circa 1990 and restored by him to its current, wonderful condition. The car was used by Mr Frank for travelling throughout Yorkshire during the last two years of his life before passing to the vendor, his daughter, in 2001/2002. Presented in excellent condition, the car is offered with expired MoT (September 2001), Swansea V5 registration document, original owner�s manual and a quantity of minor spare parts. Unused for the past few years, it will require re-commissioning before returning to the road.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles
Bonhams, Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
Lot Number616
Hammer Price£8200
Hammer Price (inc premium)£9430
Condition rating0
Registration numberFF 4256
Chassis number6027320
Engine number355748
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