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Lot 077: Riley Nine Monaco Saloon

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

Launched in 1926, the Riley Monaco was one of the first cars to take advantage of the now immortal 9hp engine. At first it was only available as a fabric-bodied saloon, but a semi-fabric body was soon to follow. The biggest step forward came in 1932 when Riley launched a new version of its Nine chassis called the 'Plus Ultra'. This was considerably stiffer than previously and was also dropped to give a lower seating position and create more room inside the cabin. When fitted to the Monaco it also did away with the hump over the transmission tunnel at the back, creating a nice flat seat for rear passengers. The car gained a beautiful new all-metal body in the process.

First registered in October 1934, this Riley Monaco has been in the current family ownership since 1976. The car was fully restored to show condition between 1990 and 1992, winning the Harry Proctor Trophy for the best restoration at the Riley Register Town Thorns event in 1993. The fully documented restoration included a new ash frame, new wiring loom, new carpets and interior leather trim, full body restoration and repaint and a rebuilt engine. The pre-selector gearbox was rebuilt in 1999. Still said to be in very good condition today, it is MOTd and taxed until April 2010.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
TypeCar
Lot Number077
Estimate£9000-£12000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£10100
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1934
Condition rating0
Registration numberAOH 231
Mileage-
Chassis number6025042
Engine number54218
Engine capacity (cc)1087
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors