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Lot 089: Riley 9 Lynx 4 door

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

The Riley company motto, As old as the industry  as modern as the hour summed up the product range very nicely. Their masterstroke came in 1926 when the Nine was announced. The chassis, suspension and bodywork were the work of Stanley Riley, whilst the hugely talented Percy Riley designed the brilliant little 9hp engine. This 1087cc unit thrived on high revs, which it would happily and reliably maintain for long periods of time thanks to its clever design. Twin camshafts were mounted high in the block, making for short and light pushrods and these operated valves set at 45 degrees to the head. This, coupled with a crossflow head design enabled prodigious power to be extracted from this willing unit. Another interesting design feature for the period was the Riley continuous cable brake system which allowed adjustment from the driving seat. First registered in Glasgow in June 1934, US 6808 was one of the special series 9s fitted with twin carburetors. It has a manual gearbox and the desirable 4 door Lynx coachwork. Several period photographs exist of the car along with MOTs dating back to 1977 and an old green logbook starting from 1967. The vendor purchased the car several years ago and has undertaken a thorough refurbishment, carried out with the aim of retaining as much originality as possible. With the body removed, the bare chassis was given the once over by chassis expert Julian Ghosh and the car was then built back up with new king pins at the front and new brake linings, spring pins & bushes all round. Meanwhile, the rear axle was rebuilt with a stronger, higher ratio 12/4 crown wheel and pinion to give a better cruising speed in today's traffic. The gearbox was completely stripped and rebuilt, whilst the engine was part dismantled and checked, all being found to be in good condition. The vendor reports that it runs well with good oil pressure. The majority of the original bodywork and bulkhead were in excellent condition, with just a few areas of woodwork requiring restoration. The doors fit well and shut properly, whilst the dashboard was the only significant area that needed to be replaced. The car has been re-wired and flashing indicators have been incorporated. A good hood, full tonneau, hood bag and a full set of original sidescreens accompany the car. The paintwork has remained untouched since previous work was carried out in the late '70s, hence it retains its nice original patinated condition. With a comprehensive mechanical rebuild under the skin it represents a very usable car. Taxed and MOT'd until May 2012 this handsome Riley can be driven away from the sale and with its taller diff ratio and peppy twin cam engine will keep pace with modern traffic on the way home.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number089
Estimate£25000-£26000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1934
Condition rating
Registration numberUS 6808
Mileage-
Chassis number6025787
Engine numberM520676
Engine capacity (cc)1056
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2