- A buff log book shows a lady owner in Kent from new on February 1st 1937 until 1968 - Believed to have had only five recorded owners from new, and fitted with a pre-selector gearbox - Thought to have been in storage from the late 1960's until 2002 and in the process of restoration since The buff log book on file for this lovely pre-selector gearbox equipped Riley 9 Merlin states that it was first registered in Maidstone, Kent, on February 1st 1937 to a lady in Rainham, Kent. She is reported to have retained ownership until 1968 when it was acquired by a gentleman in Dorking, Surrey, who soon moved to Worthing, West Sussex. He still owned the car a year later but other than a copy of an August 1970 MOT certificate from his local garage in Worthing, the trail goes cold until early 2002 when it is apparent that the DVLA accepted a request from someone in Wadhurst, Kent, to have the car re-registered with its original number plate. There are photographs on file from around that period that show the car to be in remarkably sound and complete condition, indicating that its predicted thirty years of storage were in somewhere extremely dry. In 2003 the car is reported to have been in "ru
This very rare and as far as I can see correct Riley 9 with its Ascot two/four seat drop head coupe coachwork is in very presentable and sound condition. We don’t have a lot of history but we do know that the TJ prefix of its TJ6272 registration number was in use in Lancashire between 1932 and 1935. We also have a a buff log book recording four owners who lived in Lancashire between 1951 and 1965 so it seems fair to assume that was sold in that area and stayed there for at least the first 30 years of its life. We don’t have any documents covering its restoration but there is a set of undated but quite old photographs showing it arriving on a trailer in a fairly sorry state then recording a lot of work being done with the body being stripped back to its wood frame and being repanelled with either original or new metal. It is also obvious from their condition that the upholstery, trim and hood covering were replaced at the time. What is particularly nice is that when the car was restored it wasn’t turned into yet another Riley special but was correctly rebuilt as an Ascot so it was clearly a labour of love! We are also short on information on what mechanical work was done on it so yo
This well restored Riley 9 'Ascot' 2-seat and dickey has seen relatively little use since the body and chassis restoration in the 1990s and has only covered a few thousand miles since the engine rebuild a few years ago. A nice car to drive with cruising at about 55mph and good brakes. With substantial hood and wind-up windows, this 2-seat & dickey Ascot is a very useable car in all weather. VSCC eligible as PVT Spares parts easily available, with a very good club register.
A very good original car with a full history. Sound and solid with good performance, twin carb engine.
Exported new as running chassis to Australia, bodied by Downing Brothers. Re-imported 2014 and registered for the road. Comprehensive restoration in the 1970s. Pretty steel boat tail body. Lively performance, single carb., could be fitted with double carb. Full weather equipment. History dating back to early 1960s.