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Lot 302: Riley 2.6 Saloon

The Oxford Sale, Bonhams (9 December 2013)

This Riley 2.6 was first registered in April 1959 to Mr P W Mayer of Upton Hall Farm, Upton, near Macclesfield. Production of the 2.6 ended that same month so this was one of the very last. This car has individual (rather than bench) front seats a rare feature and during Mr Mayer's ownership was fitted with an overdrive gearbox, though he never got around to fitting the O/D operating mechanism! '585 FTU' was serviced by J J Cookson Ltd of Macclesfield up to the end of 1979 (service records on file). It is believed that Mr Mayer died in 1980, leaving the Riley to his two sons who did not use it. Stored in various sheds, the car was subsequently advertised for sale in the Riley Record and in the late 1990s was purchased from the Mayer family by Michael Kunz. It then passed to a Mr Dale in Lyme Regis and thence to the current vendor in February 2011. South Western Coach Works of Lyme Regis then carried out all the work necessary to put the Riley back on the road, which included repairing the fuel tank, all four door bottoms and the rear edge of the near-side front wing. We are advised that the underside has been anti-corrosion treated and that there is now no rust anywhere. With the exception of the rear bumper, all the exterior chromed trim has been stripped and re-plated. There are bills on file for these works totalling more than 10,500. The engine is said to run very smoothly while the clutch, gearbox, rear axle and brakes are reportedly very good also. The interior is totally original, and all the instruments and interior lights work. Service records show that the speedometer head has been changed a couple of times with the mileage duly recorded. A total of 10,000 miles is currently displayed but the current speedometer is a second hand item fitted by Mr Kunz and the mileage when fitted was not recorded. The car is believed to have covered around 25,500 miles from new. One of the last Riley's made prior to BMC's wholesale adoption of 'badge engineering' that so diluted the make's image, this well documented '2.6' is offered with its original old- style logbook, current MoT/tax, V5C registration document and the aforementioned restoration bills and service records.

Lot Details
Auction The Oxford Sale
Bonhams, Oxford, Woodstock, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number302
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£7800
Hammer Price (inc premium)£8970
Year1959
Condition rating2
Registration number585 FTU
Mileage-
Chassis numberUAAB1-2257
Engine number16RUH2773
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4