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PPF 501 was first registered on the 4th April 1951 and today still retains its original registration mark and from the two ‘buff’ logbooks we know the car has always been Green. The Riley was supplied new to Always Welding Construction Ltd, Ashe Works, Aldershot. The Limited Company owned the Riley for two years, changing hands in 1953 to Mr G H J Elliott, also in Aldershot. Two ‘buff’ logbooks record the car changing hands and moving around the UK spending time in Hampshire, Middlesex, Glamorgan, Gloucester and by the mid 1970’s Glasgow. From the late 1970’s the Riley had one owner in Scotland for over twenty years and MOT’s and invoices are with the car throughout the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s. A fabulous history file accompanies the car and details lots of expenditure including servicing, maintenance and even an engine rebuild including re-grinding the crankshaft, new pistons, new liners and re-metalled big end bearings.
In the late 1990's the Riley was taken off the road and eventually made its way to Gibraltar. The Riley was in the hands of a true enthusiast, then in his 80's with a large collection of classic vehicles. The plan was to sympathetically restore the vehicle but he didn't get round to doing it. The Riley then came back to the UK around four years ago. It was checked over and inspected and the chassis and underside found to be in solid, strong condition. The body was also particularly nice but did require painting. The wood frame was in a poor state and the interior very tired. At this point a major programme of work was started.
Through the Riley owners club a new ash frame was purchased so the body was substantially stripped down and all rotten woodwork cut out and replaced with new. The paintwork was stripped back and on build up the car was treated to a full re-paint. Bumpers, light surrounds and handles were all re-chromed and the car was treated to a new vinyl roof. The interior was totally stripped out and all the woodwork was dismantled and sent for re-veneering and polishing. The interior was totally re-trimmed with new leather upholstery, brand new headlining and new carpets. The engine bay was nicely detailed and the boot fitted with a carpet. Now the cosmetic work is almost complete, the Riley is going to our workshop for a full brake overhaul and will be supplied with a full 12 months MOT. We expect the Riley to be ready very soon, and are now welcoming enquiries.