The Nine engine, designed by Percy Riley, was the most successful Riley
engine, both in competitions and sales. It is mainly connected with the
Monaco model, a four-door closed car with fabric-coated body and the
two-door open racing model Brooklands, which was very successful in its
class on racing tracks in the period around 1930. Other models were the open
Gamecock and Imp (2-seaters), Lynx (4-seater), Lincock (2-door
coupé), and the closed four-door-models Kesterl, Falcon, and Merlin.
|14 hp 6/14
At the end of 1928 a Nine-engine with two additional cylinders was
introduced. The range of models included the closed Stelvio, Deauville,
Edinburgh, Winchester, and Alpine (also available as a tourer). There were
also Lincock (coupé), Ascot (drophead coupé), and Lynx (open
tourer). In addition a few copies were made of the open sports car MPH.
|12 hp 6/12
To get a suitable engine in the 1500 cc class, an engine with reduced bore
was created for use in the Brooklands Six. This became, however, not
long-lived in the Riley racing history; the engine was instead used in
Mentone and Kestrel (both closed models) as well as in Lincock
(coupé), Ascot and Lynx (open).
|1.1/2 l 12/4
In the autumn of 1934 a four-cylinder 1500 cc engine was introduced, a
successful design that remained in production for some 20 years. The
following models were available: Falcon, Kestrel, Merlin,
Touring Saloon, Adelphi, Close Coupled Touring Saloon (Continental) and
Victor. Additionally the open four-seater Lynx and the
slightly streamlined Sprite were provided. For a surcharge a
Special Series engine could be obtained that had double carburettors
and a top speed around 120 km/h (75 mph).
|15 hp 6/15
This engine was introduced together with the new 1500 cc engine. This was
the biggest six that Riley made between the wars, and the following bodies
could be obtained with this chassis: Falcon, Kestrel, and Adelphi.
|18 hp 8-90
In October of 1935 Riley's new V8 was launched, which basically was made
from two Nine engine blocks. Only a small number of Adelphis and Kestrels
were made with this chassis.
|Big Four 16/4
Based on the successful 1½-litre engine a big four-cylinder
2½-litre engine was constructed and advertised at the end of 1937. It
was a robust design that also was cheaper in production than the available
six or eight-cylinder engines. Bodies used included Adelphi, Kestrel,
Touring Saloon and Close Coupled Touring Saloon. A single open Lynx was
|12 4 cyl.
After the Nuffield take-over, the entire model range was replaced by one
Saloon and one Drophead. These were completely new designs and did not have
the sporty charisma of the previous models.
|16 4 cyl.
The relatively conventional models Saloon and Drophead were also made
available with the 2½-litre engine. Upon popular request, production
of the elegant and attractive 6-light Kestrel was resumed. This chassis was
initially introduced in the 1½-litre cars of 1936.
|1.1/2 l 4 cyl.
Only few months after the end of WWII the first new Riley model was ready.
The design was completely new, with long sleek lines and a fabric-coated roof.
The engine was the well-known 1½-litre that had been introduced
10 years before. Until the end of 1952 the cars were supplied with
hydro-mechanical brakes (RMA), after which they were fitted with hydraulic
brakes and a hypoid rear axle (RME). Bigger front bumpers came in 1951 and
the next year, 1952, a bigger rear window appeared. At the end of 1953 body
changes included built-in fog lights, altered wings and running-boards, and
|2.1/2 l 4 cyl.
In 1946 time had come to introduce the 2½-litre version of the RM
model, which now is denoted RMB. The design of this car followed the
development of the 1½-litre models, but was discontinued in the
autumn of 1953. The last year's cars were called RMF. In 1948 a three-seater
roadster, the RMC, appeared, with a simple hood, low doors and non-split
front window. Next year, a two-door four-seater drophead copé
appeared, the RMD, which just like the roadster was produced until 1951. The
drophead had a thick, padded hood and heating as standard.
|Pathfinder 4 cyl.
By 1952 Nuffield had become part of BMC and the company was trimmed. The new
models were monocoques in contrast to all previous models build on a frame
of ash. The Pathfinder, designed by Gerald Palmer, had morden lines and was
a both roomy and fast saloon. The engine was the renowned three-bearing big
four from the end of the thirties, now at 110 HP. The same body was used for
the Wolseley 6-90.
|2.6 6 cyl.
The BMC six-cylinder engine was used for this model, which basically was a
modified Pathfinder with a different front and a bigger rear window. The
Two-Point-Six was Riley's last big car.
|1.5 4 cyl.
The One-Point-Five was originally intended as a replacement for Morris
Minor. This car, which was also produced as Wolseley 1500, had the BMC
1.5-litre engine, but with double SU carburettors and became popular as a
|4/68 4 cyl.
The 4/68 was a more spacious and elegant model with the same engine as the
1.5. The body, designed by Pinin Farina, was also used for the MG Magnette,
Wolseley 15/60, Austin Cambridge, and Morris Oxford.
|4/72 4 cyl.
The 4/72 was a slightly altered 4/68 with a bigger engine and modified
outside fittings. The corresponding Wolseley model was the 16/60. Also MG,
Austin, and Morris were produced in parallel.
|Elf Mk. I 4 cyl.
The Elf Mk. I was a "Mini" with an extra large luggage compartment, just
like the Wolseley Hornet.
|Elf Mk. II 4 cyl.
1962 saw the introduction of the BMC 1100 cc engine, and the model
designation became Elf Mk II.
|Elf Mk. III 4 cyl.
The final version, Elf Mk III, was available with an automatic gearbox.
|Kestrel Mk. I 1100
The BMC 1100 model with the Riley badge was called Kestrel Mk I - a spacious
car in spite of its limited exterior dimensions. It was also available as
Austin, Morris, M.G., and Wolseley, all with the model name 1100, as well as
the luxurious Vanden Plas Princess.
|Kestrel Mk. II 1275
In 1967 the BMC 1300 cc engine was introduced in the Kestrel Mk II.
|Kestrel Mk. II 1100
Also the 1100 cc engine was available in the Kestrel Mk II.
The last cars bearing the Riley badge were the 1300 models, now without the