Riley Riviera

Particularly rare appearance, Riley Riviera. A non-BMC dark blue color, set of spoke wheels, front disc brakes and built-in fog lamps / spotlights
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We do not underestimate our readers, let that be clear. The Riley 4 / 68 and the later 4 / 72, the badge engineered faster and more luxurious version of the Morris Oxford / Austin Cambridge must be known to a wider (readers) public. But a Riley Riviera probably never saw anyone in a photo, let alone in the flesh?

It is therefore an extremely rare appearance. Twelve were once made of the 4/68 type, one of which is still running and one is waiting for better times as a restoration object. The other ten no longer exist. Eaten up by the rust, swallowed up by the recycling machines. The Riley Riviera was a creation of former BMC dealer Wessex Motors, formerly based in Salisbury, Wiltshire, Great Britain, which fitted a 'regular' Riley 4/68 with various modifications. Many of those modifications came from other BMC products such as the MG MGA and Austin-Healey. For example, disc brakes with power brakes, wire wheels and the 1588 cc engine, complete with the twin SU carburettors from the MG MGA, were fitted to the front. The bodywork was also adapted. A different - not BMC - color, built-in fog lights at the front and modified rear fenders with matching rear lights. Both items come from the Vanden Plas. The interior was also renovated on a modest scale. The example shown here with a construction year of 1961 was put aside thirteen years later - in 1974 - and discovered by the current owner - Mick Holehouse - in 2004 and purchased after many negotiations that same year. After a complete restoration, the car was back on the road in 2008. Since then, this enthusiast has enjoyed this piece of British industrial heritage almost every day ...


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