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Throughout the 1920's and 30's one Britains best loved sporting marques was Riley. Riley built a range of sportscars and sporting saloon models which were often lightweight and powerful. The company enjoyed success in motorsport and had excellent promotional coverage which built-up an image of refined motorcars aimed at professional types.

The company had originally started in 1898 and by 1938 had been acquired by the Nuffield organisation. Despite being part of Nuffield (Morris, MG and Wolseley) Riley managed to retain its identity and engineering "quirks" right-up until the BMC merger in 1952.

Very soon after the BMC merger Riley began to loose its way within the organisation and so began the "badge-engineering" process of new cars such as the Elf and Kestrel. By 1969 BMC had decided to drop the Riley name as its image had become old-fashioned and had become to close to the MG branded cars.

Models produced by Riley

1.5

1.5

1957-1965

1.5 litre RMA

1.5 litre RMA

1945-1952

1.5 litre RME

1.5 litre RME

1952-1955

1.5-Litre

1935-1938

12 HP

12 HP

1939-1940

12/6

12/6

1933-1935

14/6

14/6

1929-1934

15/6

15/6

1935-1938

16 HP

16 HP

1939-1940

2.5 litre RMB

2.5 litre RMB

1946-1952

2.5 litre RMB

2.5 litre RMB

1948-1951

2.5 litre RMC

2.5 litre RMC

1948-1951

2.5 Litre RMD

2.5 Litre RMD

1949-1951

2.5 litre RMF

2.5 litre RMF

1952-1953

2.6

2.6

1958-1959

4/68

4/68

1959-1961

4/72

4/72

1961-1969

8-90

8-90

1936-1938

Big Four

Big Four

1937-1938

Brooklands

Brooklands

1929-1932

Elf

Elf

1961-1969

Imp

Imp

1934-1935

Kestrel

Kestrel

1965-1969

MPH

MPH

1934-1935

Nine

Nine

1926-1938

Nine/12-40

1927-1931

Pathfinder

Pathfinder

1953-1957

Sprite

Sprite

1936-1938

Victor

Victor

1938-1938

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