This fully working model of the famous Brooklands Riley was once owned by Peter Maclure (pictured), whose father Gustave was an engineer for Rolls Royce and Riley and brother Percy was a famous Riley racing driver. Percy Maclure had established an impressive reputation with Riley and, if it had not
1938 Part of the so-called Big Four model range, the Adelphi had a four-cylinder engine which could propel it to an impressive top speed of 90mph. The gearbox had dual overdrive and that meant that it had five gear ratios in all and could cruise at high speed with ease.
1935 The Riley family were engineers, building and operating weaving machinery in Coventry. In 1890 they bought the Bonnick Cycle Company which they transformed into the Riley Cycle Company in 1896. They also built their first car that year but it did not go on sale. They gradually worked up
1951 The RM stands for Riley Motors and the last letter designated which model it was. They were very modern because, while the majority of manufacturers had simply dusted off their 1939 designs, Riley had created something new. Announced in late summer 1945, deliveries began in spring 1946. The basis
1922 Simplicity was the key to the Rover 8’s success. In fact, it’s so simple that Rover only ever fitted one door, on the passenger side, and the windscreen was single rather than split pane of glass. The chassis is very simple ironmongery and the suspension is effectively cart springs.
1964 Origin: Birmingham Introduced as a 700 in 1960, this was a modified version of the 692cc Constellation twin. In 1962, the company introduced the 750 Interceptor that evolved constantly till the end of production in 1970. This is an early example of the first 750cc models and factory records