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Lot 074: Riley Racing Special

Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (24 June 2009)

From the Ivor Halbert Collection. This car was originally built over a ten year period in the late 1980s and 1990s by renowned Riley racer and engineer, Chris Jones of Bristol. It was the last of four similar cars that he made, each an improvement on its predecessor.

Built around a shortened 1936 Riley Adelphi chassis (underslung at the rear), it is powered by a highly modified 'Big Four' 2.5-litre Riley Blue Streak engine which was hand-built by race engineer John Mathias. This is fitted with an eight-port head, specially made for Ivor by contacts at Rolls-Royce and believed to have been copied from one of the three surviving heads made for pre-war Riley works cars (the rest were destroyed in a bombing raid during the war).

Ivor bought the unfinished car from Chris in 2003 and continued to develop and improve it as he saw fit, aided by his great friend and ace welder, Terry Clark. Other features include a customised stainless steel exhaust and a Kenlowe fan. The attention to detail on this car is truly stunning and it looks superb with nickel plated axles front and rear. Terry has many photos of this car under construction and also a small quantity of spare parts which he is happy to pass on to the winning bidder.

Although the car was designed as a full-blooded racer, it is also fully road legal. The last MOT expired in May 2008. It is believed to be in excellent running order and the engine certainly sounds superb but it is a very quick car and, for safety's sake, it will need a thorough checking over before being used in anger.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
TypeCar
Lot Number074
Estimate£30000-£50000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£50000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1936
Condition rating0
Registration numberCKV 578
Mileage-
Chassis number28K7605
Engine numberK7605
Engine capacity (cc)2500
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors