MILLE MIGLIA ELIGIBLE, 1 OF 55 EXAMPLES BUILT, WINNER OF THE ‘COPPA DELLE DAME’ IN 2016 Brand Riley Type 12/4 Sprite Color Cream Year of build 1936 Price More information will be online soon 1936 RILEY 12/4 SPRITE Mille Miglia eligible Racing history Number 10 of just 55 produced Winner in the Mille Miglia of the ‘Coppa Delle Dame’ in 2016 Ex. ownership Klaus Wilbolz This example is a well known car to many UK Sprite enthusiasts, having competed at VSCC events for many years when owned by John Gloder from 1976 to 2003. Originally owned by a T. S. Heaton-Fairclough and used in MCC trials pre war including the Land’s End, Edinburgh and Sporting trials, it was acquired in 1947 by E. B. Kay who also competed with it and kept it until 1970. Photographs of Mr. Kay using the car on the 1949 MCC Lands End trial is in the file of the car, when it ran in a team with DYV and CPO. After being sold by John Holder in 2003 it was owned by Riley enthusiast Austrian actor Klaus Wilbolz in Austria, until being acquired in Brescia in 2011. It has been then a regular competitor of the Mille Miglia and having finished without any technical problem five editions in a row, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. I
Occasionally a car arrives which is so much fun that I want to let you know it has arrived even though I have not yet written my full description of it. This supercharged 1 ½ Litre Riley 12/4 engined MPH bodied special is one such car - it looks superb and it really is very rapid. Its stiff underslung chassis, precise steering, good handling on firm but pleasant springing and hydraulic braking gives all you the performance you might expect of a properly sorted post-vintage sports car and I think it will give a lot of much more expensive machinery a serious run for their money! As you might have gathered I like it a lot and will no doubt have to spend quite a lot of time road testing it to make sure I get the description right so watch this space! In the meantime if you think you might be interested in what you have seen and read so far please do come and have a look at it but be prepared to like it a lot!!