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Lot 079: Riley Nine Monaco Saloon

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

This particular car is an example of the 1932/1933 season 'Plus Ultra' saloon with all-helical four speed gearbox and 'special series' engine with twin SU carburettors. It was first registered on 1st July 1933 in North Yorkshire (VN 4893). There is a continuation buff log book dating from April 1961 covering ownership through to August 1975. A recent V5C document has been issued for the car which was last on the road in November 2007 and there is an older V5 and numerous MoT certificates indicating the mileage since a major renovation and repaint in 1964.

In 1996 the engine was entrusted to Ian Gladstone for a major engine rebuild in the course of which high compression pistons and a full-flow oil filter were fitted. The car has covered about 17,000 miles on this rebuild with a re-cored radiator and thermostat being installed shortly afterwards. As the engine was in good running order when committed to the restorer it was not the intention to revisit any further mechanical work.

The present owner planned to restore the car completely from the 1964 BRG repaint to its original black over maroon with matching wheels and upholstery. The wooden frame and door frames have been repaired with ash inserts where necessary. Corroded sections of body panels and wings have been cut out, welded with new sheet metal and made good in preparation for priming and painting. Some bright parts have been rechromed and the original maroon leather upholstery refurbished. The wheels have been rebuilt and powder coated in matching maroon and three fitted with new tyres.

The current owner of 16 years is now running out of time and believes now is the moment for the remainder of the work to be taken on by someone younger.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
TypeCar
Lot Number079
Estimate£3500-£4500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2500
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1933
Condition rating0
Registration numberVN 4893
Mileage-
Chassis number6022113
Engine number406720
Engine capacity (cc)1087
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors