Trial Fitting Bodywork – 1905 Riley 9HP

By Craig Ranson
By Craig Ranson

Managing Director – Bridge Classic Cars

Our 1905 Riley 9HP has been going through a big transformation over the last few weeks. A big step towards this ultra-rare car looking more like it should was when the wheels were fitted. This was a great opportunity to see much more clearly how our finished Riley will hopefully look.

However, classic car technician Dave has been taking our 9HP through an even bigger stage of its transformation and restoration by trial-fitting the wooden bodywork.

This was the first time in a very long time that the bodywork and chassis were together in what is likely to be their final configuration.

While it’s still not the right time for everything to be secured into place, this trial-fitting gave everyone here at Bridge Classic Cars a clear view of how special this car truly is.

Even Dave couldn’t help himself and had to take a seat in the car he has been working so hard to bring back to life.

Obviously, there is still a long way to go before our 1905 Riley 9HP is ready to leave us, but it certainly won’t be too much longer before the sound of the engine is heard throughout the workshop.

Starting the engine for the first time in decades will be an extremely special moment and it is one we are very much looking forward to.

The photos below show just how much of an impact having the bodywork on the chassis has on the car. A huge amount of work has gone into the project to get it to this stage and it is always rewarding to see it make big steps towards its finished state.

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