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Produced: 1957-1965, 39568 produced.
Types: Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
Riley 1.5, 1959 (Dashboard)

Originally conceived and developed as Morris Minor replacements, BMC launched a pair of new mid-sized saloons in 1957, the Wolseley 1500 and the Riley 1.5. The two cars looked very similar, although each had its own distinctive, upright front grille. The Wolseley was slightly cheaper and not as luxurious as the faster Riley version.

Standard equipment for this small luxury saloon included leather seats, wood trim, two-tone paint schemes and a rev counter. The Riley 1.5 used a 62bhp, 1489cc B-Series engine which, driving through a MGA type gearbox, giving good performance and producing a sports saloon feel. Although not successful in high profile sporting events the Riley 1.5 was raced in saloon car championships throughout the fifties and sixties. 

Buyers Guide Wolseley 1500 & Riley 1.5 featured in Practical Classics November 2007 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click here to view.

Source: Motorbase


1489ccS4 OHVBMC B-Series73.025mm x 89mm


Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
85 mph18.9 s0 s27 mpg0 bhp 0

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