First registered (V5C) 25 March 1935. A Riley 12/4 Special built on a shortened by 9”, narrow track 22T chassis (22T1359); red with Black trim. Our car has the very desirable and potent 1466 cc high twin cam engine known as the 12/4 (F6827) with twin SU carburettors, standard Armstrong Siddeley pre-selector gearbox, knock on wire wheels (4.75 – 5.00 x 18 inch), and a full tonneau. The front seats are adjustable and very comfortable. It was rebuilt by the Secretary of Riley Register from a derelict 1935 12/4 Riley Kestrel 22T, over a period of 28 years from 1978, when the mileage was recorded as 32282 miles. It has done a trouble free 4500 miles since then and runs very well. The steering, braking (Girling rod operated) and rear axle have received a thorough overhaul over the last 3 years with the previous owner They also fitted a new battery and had the radiator re-cored We have had the wheels painted black and new Blockley Tyres fitted all-round. BXA 740 was built as much as possible in the “Riley Spirit” and retains a majority of original Riley fittings. it shows a lovely patina throughout the entire car The car has a classic and desirable low line and sporty shape with full and attractive dashboard instrumentation, and comes with the benefit of not only two small rear seats (suitable for children or luggage) but also some luggage space in the rear. For more competitive activities it would benefit and look very nice with the addition of 2 aero screens. There is an old Buff Log Book (1959), some invoices of work done, and some MOT`s from 2006. The history file includes a picture of the original derelict vehicle and some pictures taken during restoration. Offered with 12 Months MOT
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!!