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1965-1969 RILEY Kestrel specifications


The last Riley of all was the Kestrel (and subsequent 1300 upgrade). It wasn’t really a Riley though, being just a rebadged BMC 1100 with the 55bhp specification of the MG plus the now-expected individual grille and side whiskers. A walnut veneer dashboard upgraded the interior. When the 1275cc A-series was installed under the bonnet in 1967, power rose first to 65bhp, then 70bhp a year later. The car was de-named in 1968, becoming just the Riley 1300. This suggested the writing was on the wall for the marque. It was, for the car and the life of Riley ended a year later.

Production

  • Production:
    21,529
  • Price at launch:
    £781
  • Price (excellent)
    £2,600
  • Price (good):
    £1,900
  • Price (average):
    £1,000
  • Price (project):
    £350

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    18.4secs
  • Top speed:
    85.0mph
  • Power:
    55.0bhp
  • Torque:
    62.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    29.0mpg

Engine

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

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, wishbone, hydrolastic unit, rubber-cone spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, hydrolastic unit, rubber-cone spring, torsion bar, anti-roll bar
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3727mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2375mm
  • Width:
    1543mm
  • Height:
    1346mm
  • Weight:
    832kgs

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