Owned twice by Bridge Classic Cars, we originally found her languishing in a lock up storage facility a few years ago, owned by a lovely lady who had no intention of ever selling her.
After a lot of arm twisting and negotiating we managed to secure the car.
During the recommissioning, which was all very superficial, we never touched the paintwork as it was as lovely then as it is today.
We sold the car on and it was used for the new owners daughter’s wedding and then did very little else until it was passed to a London dealer to be sold.
We couldn’t resist buying her back and we have improved her further. She is now ready for a new owner.
Riley’s sporting 11/40 model was introduced at the Olympia show in 1919 and by 1925 its detachable head side-valve engine had risen in capacity to 1645cc, increasing output from the initial 35bhp to 42bhp.
A variety of body styles were offered, many of which were the work of the Midland Motor Body, while a number of other cars were exported in chassis form.
Many of these chassis’ went to Australia, where demand for the 11/40 was strong.
DS 9184 was an export chassis that was bodied in Australia from new.
The chassis was shipped to Australia in 1925 and was built into a four-seater with a touring body.
During the war years it was transformed into a pick up, before being laid up in a garage for the next 40 years.
Enthusiast Bernie Jacobson found the Riley, whereupon it was totally stripped and fitted with a beautifully engineered hand-crafted all-alloy body from the renowned body builder “Coachcraft” of Melbourne.
The original engine, gearbox, Riley embossed rear axle and running gear were all rebuilt.
Finished in Prussian Blue with Black wings.
The beautiful interior boasts light blue leather seating, with matching deep piled carpets.
The black mohair hood has its tell-tale Riley diamond-shaped rear window.
The overhauled engine is beautifully detailed, it is in excellent order, starts instantly, and pulls strongly and smoothly through the gears.
The estimated cost of the work undertaken is believed to be in £80,000 to £100,000 range and is being sold at a fraction of the restoration cost.
A lovely history file with original letters and photos comes with the car.