Classic Car Catalogue

Riley 1932

Nine - discontinied
Nine - new model '33
Light Six - discontinued
Long Six  
Short Six - new model
Brooklands - discontinued
Brooklands Six - mid-year prototype

Great Britain

Motor SportJanuary 1932
Three Coventry Firms Combine.

OF recent years Riley cars have been the product of three separate organisations. The Riley Engine Co. built the 9 h.p. unit, whilst the Midland Motor Body Co. supplied the major portion of the coachwork. Both of these concerns have now been taken, over by Riley (Coventry) Ltd.
In announcing this arrangement, Mr. Victor Riley said that it would bring about considerable economies in working.
It is interesting to learn that the 9 h.p. car had been. exhaustively tested by the Army authorities and that it is now widely used in the British Army both at home and overseas.
Motor SportOctober 1931
Models for 1932

After so successful a season as has been enjoyed by Rileys in sporting events this year both at home and abroad, it is to be expected that racing and sports types should figure in their New Year's range of models, and one finds in their 9 h.p. list two such cars—the new 'Gamecock' and the Brooklands model. The former is a very smart sports two-seater. Ample accommodation is provided for luggage, golf clubs, etc., both in the boot and beneath the hood. The screen may be folded fiat in a forward direction when not required, and the top panel of the dash is designed so as to deflect the wind from the driver and passenger when the screen is lowered. This gives the car a very definite appearance of speed and adds largely to its attractive lines.
The Brooklands model is listed in the form in which it has figured so successfully in international races during the past season. It will be remembered that cars of this type won the German Grand Prix and secured the Team Prim in the recent R.A.C. Tourist Trophy race. It is priced at £420.
These cars can be obtained in a variety of very attractive dual-tone colour schemes. The engine dimensions (60.3 x 95.2 mm.) and annual tax (£9) are the same as in the past.
There are actually seven distinct 9 h.p. models, these being as follows : "Monaco" saloon, open tourer, two-seater, coupe, "Gamecock," Overseas model and Brooklands model. The first five of these are listed at £298—the price which has ruled in respect of the Riley Nine for the past five years. Any of them can be obtained in the special types for £325, the specification in this car including a twin carburettor engine with special pistons and a considerably increased power output, Duplex Hartford shock absorbers, etc.
The coupe is an entirely new type and has a very neat and attractive two-seater body with a dickey seat and is particularly suitable for professional men. The six cylinder "Alpine" and "Stelvio" cars are unaltered in price—"Alpine" saloon, or open four-seater £365 and " Stelvio " saloon £398. Detail improvements have been effected to the chassis, upholstery and coach-work generally, but substantially the specification is unchanged.
The most striking feature of the new Rileys is the new dropped chassis frame. The side-members are lowered by nearly six inches and the result is a low centre of gravity, with resultant increased safety, more head-room and accommodation for three people in the rear compartment instead of two. (This means, of course, that the Riley Nine saloon is now a genuine five-seater). In addition the design provides easier access to the seats, both front and rear.
These are termed the "Plus-Ultra" series, a development of the "Plus" cars of 1931. It is interesting to note that the present year's cars had the lowest frames of any standard models, and the 1932 types can therefore claim this distinction to an even more marked extent.
From an appearance point of view the "Plus-Ultra" chassis are greatly improved. The bodywork of the Monaco saloon is now of the half-panelled type, aluminium panels being used, instead of all fabric, and both doors are hinged at the rear instead of in the centre.
Safety features which apply to the entire Riley range include rear mounted petrol tanks, Triplex glass all round and brakes of an unusually effective type. Manufacturers' address : Riley (Coventry) Ltd., Coventry.

Nine (Plus Ultra)
9 h.p.

wb: 8ft 10½in 4 cyl. 2 ohv
1087 cc
9.01 HP
- discontinued
Monaco Fabric Saloon    
Monaco Half-Panelled Saloon    
Biarritz Silent Saloon    
Two Seat Coupé    
Two Seat Drophead Coupé    
Army Tourer    
Gamecock Two-Seater    


Nine Ascot

Nine Mk IV Plus Ultra tourer
SINCE the introduction of the famous Brooklands model of the Riley "9," which has so many racing successes to its credit, there has been a steadily increasing demand for a model intermediate between this and the more normal touring car or saloon.
What was wanted was a sports model which was not a racing car, but a neat and handy vehicle which combined a lively performance with freedom from constant tuning, and the general ease of upkeep of the touring models.
Following the successful introduction of the "special series" models, which embodied the twin carburettor sports engine, the Riley Company have now met the requirements of a large field of motorists with the "Gamecock." This is a sports 2-seater, of attractive lines and excellent finish, which gives the opportunity of having the chassis with the "special series" engine at the same price as the other models of the range with the single carburettor standard engine, i.e. £298.
The main features of the Riley engine include the special cylinder head and valve gear arrangement, by which overhead valves inclined at 90° in the hemispherical head are operated by means of push-rods from the camshafts situated at the side of the engine. This gives the main advantages of an overhead camshaft design of the very high efficiency type without the corresponding disadvantage of limited accessibility. Lubrication is by pressure to all bearings and also to the rocker gear. The drive is taken by a single plate clutch to the special Riley 4-speed gearbox, which incorporates a silent third constant mesh gear with helical toothed pinions.
On taking over the "Gamecock" from the Riley showrooms in North Audley Street we first inspected the body, and found a very sensibly arranged and strongly built piece of coachwork. Simplicity is the keynote of this model, and the car is not fitted with a dickey seat, which will be no loss to the man who purposely buys such a car in preference to the normal tourer. On the other hand, the rear of the car forms a really capacious locker, with ample room for two or three suitcases as well as the various minor items which one often requires to carry.
The seating, which is fitted with pneumatic upholstery, gives ample leg room for the tallest driver, and the controls are excellently placed. An outstanding feature of the engine we tried is its remarkable mechanical silence, which, even in these days when it is so much in demand, is far above the average. Moreover, this is not merely the attribute of a new engine, for the car we tried was the first " Gamecock" to leave the works, and has since covered an enormous mileage on demonstration work in many hands.
This property of mechanical silence is carried right through the car, and makes it very pleasant to drive, as there is never any feeling that the car is being stressed. The engine balance seems perfect, and it revels in high revs. The only slight "period " occurs when accelerating from comparatively low speeds in the form of a slight rumble, which we have noticed on other cars with two-bearing crankshafts. Under all other conditions, however, the smoothness of the engine is exceptional. The gear box is a delight to handle at all speeds and under all conditions, the short gear lever being perfectly placed, and the change being as easy as any on the market.
Although the Riley is only of 1,100 c.c. capacity, it is not really a small car, and when travelling fast it has a wonderful feeling of reserve strength and extreme stability, which make it one of the best average speed cars we have tried.
The maximum speed which we obtained, of 71 m.p.h. on the level, takes a considerable stretch of road to attain, but its excellent performance over all sorts of runs is chiefly due to its easily maintained cruising speed of between 50 and 60 m.p.h., coupled with steering and roadholding of a very high order, judged by whatever standards, the former being thoroughly "live," yet absolutely positive.
The very efficient and powerful brakes—the drums are 13 inches in diameter—further enhance the roadworthiness of this model, and it is certainly in this feeling of absolute control and safety that the great charm of the car is found.
There are cars with better actual acceleration, probably due to the fact that the "Gamecock " weighs slightly over a ton, but it is just this which gives it that strength and rigidity which is so desirable, and which more than compensates in actual average speed for any slight loss in getting off the mark.
The braking distance from 40 m.p.h. is 55 feet on tarmac, the effort necessary being in fair proportion to the braking required, and never excessive.
The robustness which is found in the chassis and body of the "Gamecock " is also noticeable in the car's equipment, the screen, hood, lamps, and so forth, all being of very sturdy build.
The success of the Riley " 9 " in such arduous competitions as the Monte Carlo Rally has proved its reliability, and we can thoroughly recommend this latest sports model to the man who requires a distinctive and roadworthy, yet really economical car.

Motor Sport, March 1932

Nine model '33

wb: 8ft 10½in 4 cyl. 2 ohv
1087 cc
9.01 HP
- new model
Saloon Monaco  
Saloon Falcon  
Saloon Kestrel  
Coupé Lincock  
Coupé Ascot  
Tourer Lynx  
Coupé Trinity  
Special March  


At the end of 1932 Riley introduced the new range for 1933. Eleven different coachwork types, some being offered on 12 h.p. and 14 h.p. six-cylinder chassis as well as the 9 h.p., making a total of nineteen models. 9 h.p. models are: the Monaco, the Lincock (a new closed coupe fitted with the Riley patent roof-door to allow easy entry and exit in a car of such low roof-line), the Ascot Coupe, the Falcon Saloon, the Kestrel Saloon and the Lynx Two Door Four Seat Tourer. All models are now available with Special Series engines at extra cost. The Trinity Coupe built by Meredith Coachcraft Limited is also available. The March Special is the only sporting car in the range. The design is by Earl of March and built by John Charles & Sons of Kew. It is also offered on the 12 h.p. six-cylinder chassis. All of the 9 h.p. cars are on offer with Standard Series engines priced at £335, except for the Falcon and Kestrel Saloons which costs £315 and £308 respectively, and the Trinity which is priced at £325. The Special Series models now features a two-carburetter engine and costs only £17 extra.

Nine Monaco Saloon

Nine Falcon Saloon (prototype still with upright radiator grille)

Nine March Special

12 h.p. and 14 h.p.

  wb: 6 cyl. 2 ohv
1633 cc
13.5 HP
Alpine Fabric Saloon 9ft 6in Light Six  
Alpine Half-Panelled Saloon 9ft 6in Light Six  
Alpine Tourer 9ft 6in Light Six  
Stelvio Saloon 10ft 0in Long Six  
Sportsman’s Fabric Coupé 10ft 0in Long Six  
  wb: 6 cyl. 2 ohv
1458 cc
12.01 HP
6 cyl. 2 ohv
1633 cc
13.5 HP
Alpine Saloon 9ft 6in -  
Kestrel Saloon 9ft 6in  
Lyncock Fixed Head Coupé 9ft 6in  
Ascot Drophead Coupé 9ft 6in  
Lynx Four-Seater Tourer 9ft 6in  
Mentone Saloon 9ft 6in -  
Stelvio Saloon 10ft 0in -  
Sportsman’s Fabric Coupé 10ft 0in -  
Winchester Saloon 10ft 0in -  
Winchester Limousine 10ft 0in -  
Edinburgh Saloon 10ft 0in -  
Edinburgh Limousine 10ft 0in -  


For 1932 the Six-cylinder cars continued virtually unchanged but late this year saw a extensive revision to the range. The new 12 h.p. engine is a direct develpement of the Brooklands Six, which had its capacity reduced to comply with International class F regulations.

Riley Alpine five-seater Four-Light Saloon has a 49-bhp 1633-cc (60.3 x 95.2 mm) six-cylinder OHV engine, rated at 14 HP.

14/6 Alpine tourer


  wb: 4 cyl. 2 ohv
1087 cc
9.01 HP
6 cyl. 2 ohv
1486 cc
13.5 HP
2-Seater 8ft 0in 9 h.p. - - discontinued
2-Seater 9ft 0in - Six - new model (2 or 3 built)


The chassis of the new Brooklands Six has longer wheel base. The engine is a developement of the Fourteen-Six with the bore reduced to 57.5 mm resulting in 1486 cc capacity to comply with the International Motor Sporting Code Class F. It is offered for sale at £595.
Motor Sport June 1932
The New Riley " Six."

The Riley Six" is interesting, both in view of the racing reputation of its makers, and the fact that a new racing mode is more than welcome in our competitions. This car will have a preliminary opportunity of showing its paces in the J.C.C. 1,000 miles race and then will have plenty of time to attend to details before the Ulster T.T. The engine is a slightly smaller edition of the Alpine Six, so as to bring it into the 1,500 c.c. class. The bore and stroke are 57.546 by 95.2 mm.
The engine has many new features as well as adaptions of those found so successful on the Brooklands "9." The cylinders are mono-bloc and in one with the top of the crankcase. The crankshaft is carried in three plain bearings. The crankshaft can be threaded in from the end of the case, necessitating a very large centre bearing, the housing of which is water-cooled. The head and valve gear arrangements follow the successful arrangement used in the "9," that is, inclined valves are operated through push rods from two camshafts, situated on either side of the cylinder block.
Three S.U. carburettors supply the mixture, the system being balanced. The valve rockers are carried on hollow shafts and lubricated under pressure.
A dry plate clutch takes the drive to a 4-speed gearbox with the usual Riley helical third speed, the gears with a 4.77 axle ratio being 5.96 on third, 7.155 on second, and 11.78 to 1 on bottom.
The chassis differs somewhat from previous Rileys in that the frame is nearly straight and is carried from over the front axle to under the rear axle. The engine and also the radiator are carried on rubber mountings. A 26 gallon rear petrol is so shaped that the spare wheel can be carried vertically in the tail, part of it being recessed into the tank. Cable operated brakes are used and adjustment is within reach of the driver.
As it is to be run in standard sports car races, the model is now in production, the price being £595.



  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
27.03.1932 Brooklands Senior Short Handicap         A. F. Ashby 1,089 c.c. 2nd -
27.03.1932 Brooklands Junior Short Handicap         H. W. Stonard 1,089 c.c. 1st -
27.03.1932 Brooklands Junior Long Handicap         E. K. Rayson 1,089 c.c. 3rd -
15.05.1932 Brooklands Senior Short Handicap         A. S. Llewellyn 1,089 c.c. 1st -
3-4.06.1932 Brooklands 1000 Miles Race 8 7 2/5 42  J. Richmond / E. Wisdom Nine 1st 1100 cc 1st
          41  C.R. Whitcroft / E. McClure Nine 5th 1100 cc 2nd
01.08.1932 Brooklands Junior Short Handicap         E. K. Rayson 1,089 c.c. 2nd -
20.08.1932 Tourist Trophy 9 8 3 17 C.R. Whitcroft 1087 cc 1st 750→1100 1st
          16 G.E.T. Eyston 1087 cc 2nd 750→1100 2nd
          15 Maclure Brooklands 6/12 8th 1100→1500 1st
10.09.1932 Brooklands Junior Short Handicap         W. A. Cuthbert 1,089 c.c. 1st -
10.09.1932 Brooklands Senior Short Handicap         F. Ashby 1,089 c.c. 3rd -
24.09.1932 500 Miles Brooklands 9 9 3 19 Cyril Paul / "J. Philip" Nine 2nd Class G 1st
          21 W.A. Cuthbert / C.W. Fiennes Nine 4th Class G 2nd
          17 Sir M. Campbell / C.S. Staniland Nine 5th Class G 3rd
Motor SportJuly 1932
Brooklands 1000 Miles Race.

Mrs.E. Wisdom and Miss J. Richmond at the end of their magnificent run.
Motor SportAugust 1932
Brooklands J.C.C. Guys Gala and Motor Race Day.

The winner of the Duke of York's Trophy Race: A. F. Ashby's beautifully streamlined
Riley, which won at 102.69 m.p.h.

Two Rileys in the Tourist Trophy.

Brooklands Six at Tourist Trophy.
  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
01.1932  Rallye Monte Carlo     9 208 V.E. Leverett   class 2 3rd
          203 Jack Hobbs   class 2 4th
          210 Mme. C.S. Staniland   class 2 10th
          207 C.J.S. Montague-Johnstone   class 2 11th
          202 Rupert St.G. Riley   class 2 15th
          214 Whitcroft   class 2 16th
          223 Joan Richmond   class 2 17th
          222 Morris   class 2 18th
          224 Robertson   class 2 19th
03.1932 R.A.C. 1,000 Miles Rally         V. E. Leverett Nine class 2 1st
            R. St. G. Riley Nine class 2 2nd
            Mrs. M. M. Riley Nine class 2 4th
            C. S. Starsland Nine class 2 5th
              Nine class 2 7th
            G. F. Dennison 14/6 over 1100 3rd
  29.07.1932 Coupe des Alpes 9 9     Jack Hobbs Nine 1100 cc 1st

Robertson's #224 Riley in RMC.

Ladies Riley team crossing the channel.
Class F 200 km. & 200 mile Records; Riley Six-Twelve; 111.12 & 111.65 m.p.h.
Motor SportDecember 1932