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  • Riley 9hp
  • Riley 10hp
  • Riley 10.8 & Redwing
  • Riley 11.9 & 11/40
  • Riley 12hp
  • Riley 12/4 (Kestrel & Falcon)
  • Riley 12/6
  • Riley 12/18
  • Riley 14/6
  • Riley 15/6 (Falcon & Lynx)
  • Riley 15/6 (Kestrel & Adelphi)
  • Riley 16hp
  • Riley 17
  • Riley 1 1/2 (Kestrel & Adelphi)
  • Riley 1 1/2 (Lynx & Falcon)
  • Riley 1 1/2 (Merlin)
  • Riley 1 1/2 (Continental)
  • Riley 1 1/2
  • Riley 2 1/2
  • Riley 8/90
  • Riley 8/90 (Adelphi & Kestrel)
  • Alpine
  • Big Four
  • Brooklands
  • Continental
  • Imp
  • 9 Kestrel
  • Merlin
  • 9 Monaco
  • MPH
  • Sprite
  • Stelvio
  • Victor
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    Riley 9

    1907-11 
     
    

    ENGINE

    9 hp V2 cyl side valve                              
    Capacity: 1,034cc           
    Bore: 86    Stroke: 89 
    9bhp             
     
    

    TRANSMISSION

    3-speed gearbox.      
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Front & Rear: Quarter Epilectic 
            
    

    WEIGHT

    9cwt (chassis only). 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 6'8" (aprx 2000mm). 
    Track 4'1" (aprx 1230mm). 
    Length 9'10" (aprx 2990mm). 
    Width 5' (aprx 15020mm). 
    Tyres 700x80 
    

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    Riley 12

    1907 
     
    

    ENGINE

    12 hp V2 cyl side valve                 
    Bore 102  Stroke 127 
    Capacity 2035cc               
     
    

    GEARBOX

    3-speed gearbox.      
     
    

    WEIGHT

    13.25cwt (chassis only) 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 7'6" / 8'9" (aprx 2250 / 2650mm) 
    Track 4'2" (aprx 1250mm) 
    Length 11'3" / 12'6" (aprx 3410 / 3790mm). 
    Width 5'6" (aprx 1650mm). 
    Tyres 810x90 
    

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    Riley 10

    1909-14 
     
    

    ENGINE

    10hp V2cyl sv          
    Bore 96  stroke 96 
    Capacity 1390 cc           
    15 bhp     
     
    

    GEARBOX

    3-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 4.25:1 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    11.5cwt (chassis only) 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 7'6" / 8' (aprx 2280 / 2430mm) 
    Track 4'2" (aprx 1250mm) 
    Length 10'6" / 11'9" (aprx 3190 / 3560mm) 
    Width 5' (aprx 1500mm) 
    Tyres 750x85 
    

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    Riley 12/18

    1908-14 
     
    

    ENGINE

    12hp V2 cyl sv        
    Bore 102  stroke 127 
    Capacity 2035 cc   
    18 bhp  
    Carburation: LG    
     
    

    GEARBOX

    3-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 4.25:1 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    13/14cwt (chassis only) 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 8' / 9' (aprx 2430 / 2730mm) 
    Track 4'2" / 4'3" (aprx 1250 / 1270mm) 
    Length 11' / 12'6" (aprx 3340 / 3800mm) 
    Width 5' / 5'1" (aprx 1500 / 1530mm) 
    Tyres 810x90 
    

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    Riley 17

    1914-23 
     
    

    ENGINE

    17 hp 4cyl sv         
    bore 86  stroke 127     
    Capacity 2932 cc           
    58 bhp at 2500rpm     
    Carburation ZE 
     
    

    GEARBOX

    3-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 4.125:1 
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Front semi-epilectic 
    Rear 3/4-epilectic 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    27cwt 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 10'6" (aprx 3190mm) 
    Track 4'8" (aprx 1490mm) 
    Length 14'6" (aprx 4400mm) 
    Width 5'8" (aprx 1790mm) 
    Tyres 820x120 
    

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    Riley 10

    1915-16 
     
    

    ENGINE

    10 hp 4cyl sv      
    Bore 63  stroke 88 
    Capacity  1096cc     
    Carburation ZE 
     
    

    GEARBOX

    3-speed gearbox.      
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Front semi-elliptic 
    Rear 3/4 elliptic 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 8' (aprx2430mm) 
    Track 4' (aprx 1210mm) 
    

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    Riley 10.8

    1919-28           
    

    Riley Redwing 10.8

    1923-26 
     
    

    ENGINE

    10.8 hp 4cyl sv 
    Bore 65.8  stroke 110         
    Capacity 1498 cc           
    35bhp at 3200rpm     
    Carburation ZE 
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.    
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi Elliptic 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    12.75cwt (chassis only). 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 9' (aprx 2730mm) 
    Track 4'4" (aprx 1310mm) 
    Length 13' (aprx 3940mm) 
    Width 5'6" (aprx 1620mm) 
    Tyres 475/500 x 19 
    

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    Riley 11.9 & 11/40

    1924-28 
     
    

    ENGINE

    11 hp 4cyl sv                 
    Bore 69  stroke 110        
    Capacity 1645 cc     
    42 bhp at 3600rpm     
    Carburation ZE/Cox 
     
    

    GEARBOX

    3-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 4.7:1 
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi Elliptic 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    12.75cwt (chassis only) 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 9' (aprx 2730mm) 
    Track 4'4" (aprx 1310mm) 
    Length 13'6" (aprx 4090mm) 
    Width 5'6" (aprx 1620mm) 
    Tyres 29x495 
    

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    Riley 9 1926-29

    1926-29 
     
    

    ENGINE

    9hp 4 cyl ohv        
    Bore 60.3  stroke 95.2 
    compression 5.2:1     
    Capacity 1087 cc      
    42bhp at 3600rpm   
    Carburation ZE   
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 5.2:1 
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    17cwt 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 9' (aprx 2730mm) 
    Track 3'11" (aprx 1180mm) 
    Length / width: various bodies 
    Tyres 27x4.40 
    

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    Riley Brooklands

    1928-32 
     
    As Riley 9 except: 
    

     

    ENGINE

    compression 6.5:1    
    Carburation 2SU / 2ZE   
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 4.77:1 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    15.75cwt 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 8' (aprx 2430mm) 
    Track 3'11.75" (aprx 1200mm) 
    Tyres 4.5x19 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    Max speed 80mph 
    

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    Riley Kestrel

    1929-35 
     
    As Riley 9 Except: 
    

     

    ENGINE

    From 1932: 
    compression 5.5:1    
    Capacity 1089 cc     
    29bhp at 4500rpm  
    Carburration: SU/ZE   
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.    
    Top gear ratio 5.25:1 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    18 / 20.25cwt 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 8'10.5" (aprx 2690mm) 
    Track 4' (aprx 1200mm) 
    Length 13'9" (aprx 4180mm) 
    Width 4'9" (aprx 1440mm) 
    Tyres 4.5x19 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    Max speed 65mph 
    0-50 20secs 
    Fuel Consumption 30mpg 
    

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    Riley 9 Monaco

    1929-35 
     
    As Riley 9 Kestrel except: 
    

     

    WEIGHT

    18cwt 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Length 12'9" (aprx 3830mm) 
    

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    Riley 9 Kestrel and Monaco were Saloons. 
    

    Also Riley 9: Biarritz (saloon), Army (tourer), Ascot (coupe), Gamecock(Sports) - 1929-32;
    Falcon (Saloon), Lynx (tourer), Lincock (coupe), Ascot (coupe) -1933-35;
    and Merlin (Saloon), Kestrel (Saloon), Monaco (saloon) -1936-7

    Riley 14-6

    1929-34 
     
    

    ENGINE

    14hp 6cyl ohv        
    Bore 60.3  Stroke 95.2    
    Capacity 1633 cc   
    50bhp    
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 5.5:1 
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    16cwt (chassis only) 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 9'6" (aprx 2880mm) 
    Track 4' (aprx 1200mm) 
    Length 13'5" (aprx 4130mm) 
    Width 4'9" (aprx 1430mm) 
    Tyres 5.0x19 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    Max speed 68 / 70mph 
    

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    Riley Stelvio

    As Riley 14-6 except: 
    

     

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 5.75:1 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    26.75cwt (chassis only) 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 10' (aprx 3040mm) 
    Track 4'8" (aprx 1400mm) 
    Length 13'9" (aprx 4230mm) 
    Width 5'6" (aprx 1670mm) 
    Tyres 5.0x20 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    Max Speed 66.7mph 
    0-50 32secs 
    Fuel Consumption 19.3mpg 
    

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    Riley Alpine

    1931-33 
     
    As Riley 14-6 except: 
    

     

    ENGINE

    50bhp at 4800rpm 
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox. 
    Top gear ratio 5.25:1 
     
    

    Riley Stelvio

    1934 
     
    

    ENGINE

    14hp 6cyl ohv        
    Bore 62  Stroke 95.2   
    Capacity 1726 cc   
    Compression Ratio 5.9:1 
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 5.75:1 
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    27cwt  
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 10' (aprx 3040mm) 
    Track 4'8" (aprx 1420mm) 
    Length 14'3" (aprx 4340mm) 
    Width 5'7" (aprx 1690mm) 
    Tyres 5x20 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    Max speed 70mph 
    

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    As well as Riley 14-6 Alpine and Stelvio. 
    

    There was Also Riley 14-6: Deauville (Saloon), Sportsman (Sports), Kestrel (Saloon),
    Lincock (Coupe), Lynx (Tourer), Ascot (Coupe), Gamecock (sports), Edinburgh (Limosuine),
    Winchester (Limosuine) - 1929-34;
     

    Riley MPH

    1934-5 
     
    

    ENGINE

    6cyl ohv        
    Bore 57 / 60.3 / 62  Stroke 95.2   
    Capacity 1458 / 1633 / 1726 cc   
    Compression Ratio 7.1:1 
    56bhp at 4800rpm   
    Carburation 2SU  
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 5.0:1 
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    18cwt  
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 8'1.5" (aprx 2460mm) 
    Track 4' (aprx 1200mm) 
    Length 12' (aprx 4840mm) 
    Width 4'9.5" (aprx 1440mm) 
    Tyres 4.75x18 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    Max speed 89mph 
    

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    Riley 15/6 Falcon and Lynx

    1934-38 
     
    

    ENGINE

    15hp 6cyl ohv        
    Bore 62  Stroke 95.2   
    Capacity 1726cc   
    51bhp at 4800rpm  
    Carburation ZE  
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 5.5:1 
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    24.5cwt  
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 9'1" (aprx 2750mm) 
    Track 4' (aprx 1200mm) 
    Length 14'11.5" (aprx 4540mm) 
    Width 4'11.5" (aprx 1500mm) 
    Tyres 4.75x18 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    0-50mph 13.5 secs 
    Standing Quarter Mile 21.4secs 
    Max speed 85mph 
    Fuel Consumption 18mpg 
     
    

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    Riley 15/6 Adelphi & Kestrel

    1934-38 
     
    As 15/6 Falcon & Lynx, except: 
    

     

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 9'4.5" (aprx 2850mm) 
    Track 4'3" (aprx 1280mm) 
    Length 14'5" (aprx 4360mm) 
    Width 5'1" (aprx 1530mm) 
    

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    There was also the Riley 15-6 Stelvio. 
    

    Riley 12/4 Kestrel & Falcon

    1934-35 
     
    

    ENGINE

    12hp 4cyl ohv        
    Bore 69  Stroke 100   
    Capacity 1496 cc   
    51bhp at 4800rpm / 55bhp at 5200rpm   
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 5.5:1 
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    23.5cwt  
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 9'1" (aprx 2730mm) 
    Track 4' (aprx 1200mm) 
    Length 13'7" (aprx 4110mm) 
    Width 4'11.5" (aprx 1500mm) 
    Tyres 4.75x18 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    0-50mph 19.2sces 
    Standing Quarter Mile 24.5 secs 
    Max speed 73.6mph 
    Fuel Consumption 28.3mpg 
    

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    Riley 12/6

    1935 
     
    

    ENGINE

    12hp 6cyl ohv        
    Bore 57  Stroke 95.2   
    Capacity 1458 cc   
    Compression Ratio 5.8:1 
      
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 5.5:1 
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 9'6" (aprx 2880mm) 
    Track 4' (aprx 1200mm) 
    Tyres 4.75x18 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    Standing Quarter Mile 23secs 
    Max speed 70mph 
    

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    The Riley 12/6 had the following Bodies, from 1933-35:
     
    Mentone (saloon), Kestrel (saloon), Lincock (Fixed head Coupe), Ascot (Drop head Coupe),
     
    Lynx (saloon), Falcon (saloon). 
     
    

    Riley 8/90

    1935 
     
    

    ENGINE

    V8cyl ohv        
    Bore 60.3  Stroke 95.2    
    Capacity 2178 cc   
    80bhp at 4500rpm   
    Carburation 2ZE 
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 4.5:1 
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    31cwt  
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 9'4.5" (aprx 2950mm) 
    Track 4'3" (aprx 1280mm) 
    Length 14'3.5" (aprx 4350mm) 
    Width 5'1.5" (aprx 1560mm) 
    Tyres 5.25x18 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    0-50mph 15.7secs 
    Standing Quarter Mile 23secs 
    Max speed 82mph 
    Fuel Consumption 17MPG 
    

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    Riley Sprite

    1936 
     
    

    ENGINE

    12hp 4cyl ohv        
    Bore 69  Stroke 100    
    Capacity 1496 cc   
    61bhp at 5500rpm   
    Carburation 2SU 
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 5.22:1 
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    19.5cwt  
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 8'1.5" (aprx 2480mm) 
    Track 4' (aprx 1200mm) 
    Length 12'4" (aprx 3670mm) 
    Width 4'9.5" (aprx 1450mm) 
    Tyres 5.0x19 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    0-50mph 13secs 
    Max speed 88mph 
    Fuel Consumption 21.5MPG 
    

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    Riley 1 1/2 Kestrel & Adelphi

    1936-39 
     
    

    ENGINE

    4cyl ohv        
    Bore 69  Stroke 100   
    Capacity 1496 cc   
    51bhp at 4800rpm   
    Carburation ZE / 2ZE 
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 5.22:1 
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    25cwt  
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 9'4.5" (aprx 2840mm) 
    Track 4'3" (aprx 1280mm) 
    Length 14'6.5" (aprx 4430mm) 
    Width 5'1.5" (aprx 1530mm) 
    Tyres 4.75x18 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    0-50mph 23.1secs 
    Max speed 73mph 
    Fuel Consumption 27MPG 
    

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    Riley 1 1/2 Lynx & Falcon

    1936-39 
     
    As Kestrel / Adelphi, except: 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 9'1" (aprx 2750mm) 
    Track 4' (aprx 1200mm) 
    Length 14' (aprx 4250mm) 
    Width 4'11.5" (aprx 1480mm) 
    Tyres  
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    0-50mph 17secs 
    Max speed 67mph 
    Fuel Consumption 27MPG 
    

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    Riley 1 1/2 Merlin

    1936-39 
     
    As Kestrel / Adelphi, except: 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    23cwt  
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 8'10" (aprx 2670mm) 
    Track 4' (aprx 1200mm) 
    Length 13'10.5" (aprx 4210mm) 
    Width 4'10" (aprx 1450mm) 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    0-50mph 17secs 
    Standing Quarter Mile 24secs 
    Max speed 70.5mph 
    Fuel Consumption 26MPG 
    

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    Riley 1 1/2 Continental

    1935-38 
    As Kestrel / Adelphi, except: 
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 9'4.5" (aprx 2840mm) 
    Track 4'3" (aprx 1270mm) 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    Top Speed 80mph 
    

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    Riley 1 1/2

    1939-40 
     
    As Kestrel / Adelphi, except: 
    

    ENGINE

    Carburation SU 
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-Speed gearbox. 
    Top gear ratio 4.88:1 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    24cwt  
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 9' (aprx 2730mm) 
    Track 4'3.5" (aprx 1300mm) 
    Length 14'3" (aprx 4310mm) 
    Width 5'3" (aprx 1580mm) 
    Tyres 5.75x16 
     
    

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    Riley 2 1/2

    1937-39 
     
    

    ENGINE

    4cyl ohv        
    Bore 80.5  Stroke 120    
    Capacity 2443 cc   
    82bhp at 4300rpm   
    Carburation SU 
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
    Top gear ratio 4 / 4.22:1 
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    WEIGHT

    29cwt  
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 9'8" (aprx 2930mm) 
    Track 4'3" (aprx 1290mm) 
    Length 14'11" (aprx 4510mm) 
    Width 5'3" (aprx 1580mm) 
    Tyres 6.25X16 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    0-50mph 14.9secs 
    Max speed 87mph 
    Fuel Consumption 25/34MPG 
    

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    Riley Imp

    1934-35 
     
    

    ENGINE

    9hp 4cyl ohv        
    Capacity 1087 cc   
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
    

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    Riley Victor

    1938 
     
    

    ENGINE

    9 / 12hp 4cyl ohv        
    Capacity 1087 / 1496 cc   
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    PRICE

    299 on launch 
    

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    Riley 8/90 Adelphi & Kestrel

    1936-38 
     
    

    ENGINE

    V8cyl ohv        
    Capacity 2178 cc   
    80bhp 
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    PRICE

    450 on launch 
    

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    Riley Big Four

    1937-38 
     
    

    ENGINE

    4cyl ohv        
    Capacity 2443 cc   
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    PERFORMANCE

    Top Speed 90mph 
    

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    Riley 12hp

    1938 
     
    

    ENGINE

    12hp 4cyl ohv        
    Capacity 1496 cc   
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.      
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase 9' (aprx 2740mm) 
    

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    Riley 16hp Kestrel

    1939-40 
     
    

    ENGINE

    16hp 4cyl ohv        
    Capacity 2443 cc   
     
    

    GEARBOX

    4-speed gearbox.     
     
    

    SUSPENSION

    Semi-elliptic 
     
    

    PRICE

    Wheelbase 9'8" (aprx 2950mm) 
    

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