Classic and Sportscar Centre

Telephone: 01944 758000
Email: [email protected]

Classic and Sportscar Centre, Malton

Corner Farm, West Knapton, Malton, North Yorkshire, UK, YO17 8JB


Opening Hours

  • Mon-Fri: 9.00am-5.30pm
  • Sunday: 10am-4pm
  • Closed Saturday
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Price: £SOLD

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1925 Riley 11.9 Tourer

We are delighted to offer this very rare Riley onto the market. This is an original two door sports special, only a very small number of these two door open cars were ever built by Riley and we are told only two are known to survive. This car must not be confused with the many none original replica's that appear on the market, this is an exceptionally rare, original bodied car that is a truly wonderful find having being hidden away for much of the past 91 years.

The Riley was first registered on the 21st September 1925 but there is no know history of the car prior to WW2. TY 225 was reputedly pulled from a bombed out private garage in Bristol in 1948 by the first post war owner, Mr Max Williamson of Stroud, a well known early member of the VSCC. The Riley was subject of major re-commissioning work and eventually become the Club 'concours' winner in 1958. In 1961 the Riley was then sold to Mr Ken Gilling, the Riley Club President and in 1964 sold to a fellow Club member, Mr Peter Arnold who totally rebuilt/restored the car over the following years. Interestingly, the Riley engine was totally stripped down and this point fitted with a special Ricardo crankshaft. Although the Riley was restored, it was not used on the open road until selling to the last owner in 2013 and as a result was subject of further re-commissioning work. In 2013 the car made a long awaited return to the Riley Register Club summer event.

The car has a delightful patina throughout and is both structurally and mechanically sound and reliable. The interior has beautifully aged and has a very original feel to it, the hood and sidescreeens are all in excellent condition and the Riley presents exceptionally well on the body with strong, straight panels and delightful, nicely aged older paintwork. All the original brightwork has been re-nickel plated and is beautiful. The engine bay is smartly presented, as is the engine unit and ancillaries. The Riley presents very well on the underside as expected having spent so many years garaged. The Riley starts well, runs smoothly and offers very good performance.  The car was guaranteed to be able to achieve 60mph n the 1920's and the previous owner assures us that the car can still do this today. The Riley performs very well, is brilliant fun to drive and sounds superb. This is a remarkably rare, honest and original motor car that is ideal for rallies, shows and events. It has a wonderful patina, wonderful history and will be fully prepared in our workshops before going to its next owner.

 

Price: £SOLD