I need to declare an interest every time I have a Riley for sale - I have personally owned six different Rileys and enjoyed driving quite a few others over the years and I have concluded that Riley simply did not know how to make a bad car!
In the late 1920s they supplemented their well-regarded range of side valve engined cars with a totally new 9 h.p. model powered by Percy Riley’s revolutionary twin camshaft 1087cc engine set in Stanley Riley’s specially designed chassis which resulted in a car with good performance, firm but supple springing, good steering and positive braking, all of which gave even their family cars a distinct sporting feel.
During the 1920s and 30s the 9 h.p. became of the British motor industry’s most successful light cars and I believe that during its 12 year lifespan Riley (who did not believe in standing still) introduced eleven variants of the chassis/engine combination and at least 20 different styles of their own bodywork ranging from four door-four seat saloons to out and out circuit racing cars. If somehow they didn’t offer a body style which suited you, you could have your own coach built version specially made so you could always get what you wanted!
This particular Mark 1V Riley 9, on chassis number 609012, was first registered in Northumberland on 3rd April 1930 (hence its TY registration). It has clearly been in regular but light use and has been properly looked after by a succession of careful owners. Its two seat plus dickey seat touring coachwork is very sound as is the paintwork which is very smart though as might be expected it does show a few small signs of age here and there. The upholstery in both front and rear passenger compartments is very good indeed as is the hood and the brightwork is very presentable.
The engine, which has its correct magneto ignition and single SU carburettor, starts very readily and pulls nicely. It has Riley’s own four speed and reverse gearbox which is very easy to use and is also much quieter than you will find in many other cars of this era, in fact the whole car is very quiet and rattle free out on the road. All of the instruments and switches (which look to me to be original) work as they should and the car has also been fitted with flashing indicators
In summary we have here a lovely original Riley tourer which is smart to look at, in good useable condition, enjoyable to drive and also very attractively priced – may I suggest that you come and see it for yourself but please be prepared to find that you could want to own it!