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155 - 1936 Riley Nine Merlin

 
 
 
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Registration 694 YUB
Chassis Number 66M1917
Engine Number 17.1917
Odometer reading 86,400 miles
Estimate £16,000 - £20,000
Result Sold - £16,800

The Riley Nine was one of the most successful light cars produced by the British motor industry in the inter-war period between 1926 and 1938. It was largely designed by two of the Riley brothers, Percy and Stanley. Stanley was responsible for the chassis, suspension and body and the older Percy, designed the engine. At launch in July 1926, two body styles were available, a fabric bodied saloon called the Monaco and a fabric four-seat tourer with had the option of a steel panelling rather than fabric.

After the car's 1926 launch, it was such a critically acclaimed success that after less than a thousand cars had been produced, the works quickly shut down side-valve production and tooled up for the new Nine in early 1928. This switch to the main factory coincided with several modernisations of the Mk. I - the cone clutch was dropped, the gear lever and handbrake were moved from the right to the centre of the car and a Riley steering box was adopted becoming the Mk. II. The Mk. III was a gentle update of the II at the end of 1928, evolving stronger wheels and a different arrangement of rods to the rear brakes.

This is an absolutely delightful example of Riley's Merlin presented in restored condition and boasting a lightweight chassis as used in competition Riley's of the era with the same engine. First registered on the 26th July, 1936 and with only four keepers since, it was purchased by the previous owner in 2012 as a running car and taken to Classic Motors of Wembury in Devon who undertook a full restoration of the car. Work carried out included sandblasting and zinc priming of the chassis, body fully restored, the top end stripped for examination and the head de-coked and pressure tested, the interior fitted with new high quality red leather with genuine alcantara seat backs and correctly pleated door cards, new headlining, all bright work rechromed, a new wiring loom fitted with genuine new Lucas lighting, five new tyres and new inner tubes and much more besides. The restoration has just been completed and will be presented with a new MoT test certificate with further documents including a V5 document and a large history file.  Finished in charming two-tone paintwork with the aforementioned contrasting red hide interior, this is perhaps one of the finest Riley saloons on the market and offers fantastic value for money when compared to similar models, especially considering the £40,000 restoration.