The newly designed Riley 1.5 litre RMA was introduced in August 1945. According to GB Classic Cars ‘these saloons were at once liked for their graceful and flowing lines, well-appointed and comfortable interiors, brisk performance and good road manners, all of which impressed the motoring journalists and road testers of the time.’ The cars were made with a on a steel chassis with the body work mounted on an ash frame. The engines use a twin camshaft system that operates the inclined overhead valves by short pushrods.
Performance wise the cars are not rapid, with a top-speed of around 80 mph, but they handle nicely, have plenty of space inside and have a very comfortable ride.
Our car was manufactured and registered in 1951. We have the old green log book from 1962, which shows a handful of owners during the sixties and seventies. This has since been superseded by the V5 which shows three further owners. The registration is original, as are the frame and engine number, 415/19387 and 9459 respectively, which are documented on both the old log book and the V5.
The car is in excellent restored condition both inside and out. Mechnically it is equally sound, starting first push, then settling easily to idle. The car drives pleasantly with a very comfortable ride. It did not miss a beat when we drove it back around thirty miles from the previous owner’s house.
Whilst an MOT is not necessary for the car it has a current MOT and is ready to be driven away.