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Lot 353: Riley 1.5-Litre 12/6 Mentone Sports Saloon

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (11 April 2011)

Clothed in stylish bodywork by Stanley Riley, the Coventry marque's pre-war offerings were among the world's finest small-capacity sporting cars. Percy Riley's 9hp, 1,087cc, twin-camshaft four was an outstanding engine design by any standards, various versions powering Rileys from 1926 to 1957. The twin-cam Riley engine was one of the most advanced of its day, so it can have caused little surprise when the Coventry manufacturer created its first six by, in effect, adding a pair of cylinders to the existing design. Hailed as 'The Wonder Car Plus Two', the first 14hp, 1.6-litre six-cylinder models duly appeared in 1929 followed by 12hp, 1.5-litre versions in 1933. Riley's 1,633cc, 13.5hp engine was also offered in this chassis, which was built in two different wheelbase lengths (110.3" and 113.5") and was available with a wide variety of bodies in different styles including the Alpine, Kestrel and Mentone saloons, Lincock coup�, Ascot drophead coup�, Lynx tourer and March Special. The Mentone saloon offered here has the short chassis and is fitted with the 1,458cc, 12hp engine. We are advised that 'WS 845' had been partially restored by David Brown Vintage & Classic Restorations Ltd (invoices on file) when the work was cut short by the recent death of the owner, Mr E Macdonald, who had owned it since 1969. Mr Macdonald was only the car's 4th owner, the first being a Mr Donal Mackay, of Edinburgh. Work carried out since the project commenced in 2007 includes re-trimming the interior in leather, overhauling the gearbox and rebuilding the engine with new pistons, valves, etc. The Riley is presented in need of further work and general re-commissioning to complete its refurbishment. Areas requiring attention include the brakes and the engine which, although running, suffers from low oil pressure. Sold strictly as viewed, the car is offered with the aforementioned restoration invoices, old-style logbook and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, The Royal Air Force Museum, London
Lot Number353
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£10000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£11500
Condition rating0
Registration numberWS 845
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