1950 Riley RMA

Guide Price: £8,000 to £11,000

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Manufacturer:  Riley
First Registered:  1950
Model:  RMA
Registration No:  LXD 590
Mileometer:  81,203
Chassis No:  40S 18702
MOT:  Exempt
Colour:  Red/Black

Introduced in 1945 the Riley RM was an all-new post war design, with innovations such as independent suspension and rack and pinion steering. Although very modern in many ways the RM followed the Riley tradition of a strong chassis supporting an ash framework clad with steel and aluminium panels. The vinyl roof ensures waterproofing, unlike the purely decorative vinyl roofs offered by Ford etc in the 60s.  The RMA used the legendary Riley twin camshaft engine.  Riley advertised the RMA as a 'Gentelman's sporting saloon' - they certainly offer outstanding handling. Riley described the RMA as 'Offering a high standard of performance, perfect riding comfort and exceptional luggage space.' Well-known owners included Enid Blyton, Clark Gable, Sir Anthony Eden and Lord Louis Mountbatten. A total of 10,504 RMAs were produced, with some 470 surviving in roadworthy condition today.

This 1950 Riley RMA was recently purchased by the vendor but a sudden change of circumstances regarding storage is forcing it to be sold. The previous owner purchased the car in April 1983. The car was subject to a substantial restoration at this time, there is a photographic record of the work, and has been kept garaged since that time, consequently it is in very good condition. There are invoices for parts and work done going back to 1977, a green continuation log book, a factory lubrication chart, a "Mini Manual", an SU carburettor parts manual, and some wood frame drawings.

The car is in very original condition, both inside and out. The only very minor fault is a bit stitching on the front passenger seat has stated to come away. This is a car that has that look and feel of being a well maintained and loved car, with a patina that only age can endow.

This car is available for viewing by appointment from Friday 29th October at our office in Marchwood near Southampton.

Note: This description is provided by the vendor and unless otherwise stated is 'Not Verified' by Barons or any person employed by Barons. Prospective purchasers are advised to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of any statements made, whether they be statements of fact or opinion.

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