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1959-1969 RILEY 4/68, 4/72 specifications


Or, as Shakespeare might have said, a Farina by any other name... The Riley-badged version of BMC’s mid-sized Farina-penned saloons of 1959 to 1969 was arguably the most desirable, for it blended the performance of the MG with the interior luxury of the Wolseley. The car was based on the MG Magnette so had cut-back fins from its birth in 1959 plus the same twin-carburettor, four-cylinder engine of 66.5bhp. The 4/72 in 1961 put that figure at 68bhp; there was also a wider track, increased wheelbase and anti-roll bars to try and control the body roll all Farinas suffered from.

Production

  • Production:
    10,940/14,151
  • Price at launch:
    £1,028
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,500
  • Price (good):
    £2,500
  • Price (average):
    £1,250
  • Price (project):
    £350

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    20.6secs
  • Top speed:
    84.0mph
  • Power:
    66.0bhp
  • Torque:
    85.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    26.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, leaf springs
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4534mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2527mm
  • Width:
    1613mm
  • Height:
    1518mm
  • Weight:
    1092kgs

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