1952 Riley RMA Saloon

Make: Riley
Model: RMA Saloon
Year: 1952
Registration Number: ZO 3797
Chassis Number: 42S20057
Engine Number: 10173
Transmission: Manual
Steering: Right Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Price: £10750
Road Tax Exempt


The Riley RM series is considered by many to be amongst the prettiest post war classic motor cars. With flowing coachwork and a 1496cc twin cam power unit providing smooth and abundant performance plus torsion bar suspension and telescopic dampers this still remains a true driver’s car.

Supplied new by Brittain Motors of Dublin and originally maintained by them, This particular example was always garaged and mileage kept low. A lengthy period of dry storage followed and the motor car retained its good condition up to the 1990s.

During the last two decades, the Riley has been the subject of a no- expense spared  restoration in the hands of two recorded keepers and in recent time, further finishing work and re commissioning has been carried out. The result is a very fine example sure to promote ample pride of ownership for its new owner.

The lovely coachwork is finished in a very dark British Racing Green , generally good with few blemishes. The chrome is also good and even the complex bumpers are present front and rear. The Vendor points out that the running boards and sills are totally sound, as is the spare wheel access panel. The often overlooked roof covering was professionally replaced along with window rubbers and seals. Door shut lines are good and the doors close in true carriage fashion. The underside chassis and framework is described by the vendor as having no visible sign of corrosion or rust.

The quality interior is equally good. The headlining has been replaced in the correct West of England Woolcloth , with new piping and Furflex trim. Doortrims are also A1 and have renewed seals all round. The brown vinyl seats are described as excellent and the carpets have been renewed with neatly fitted insulation. The flush fitting sun visors are also described as just perfect. The dashboard and surrounding woodwork are good with all gauges present and working apart from the clock.

Mechanically the vendor tells us that the engine shows good oil pressure with smooth driveline helped by a new clutch and an overhauled starter motor. Brakes have recently been overhauled with new cylinders, reservoir and rubbers. The electrical system has been rewired and even the rear pillar semaphore trafficators light up nicely. Lights are all correct and working and the special equipment dynamo is said to be charging well. The exhaust system is good but the vendor points out that the standard silencer has been replaced by a later unit. Standard steel wheels are fitted with good tyres.

Not only is this then one of the most desirable saloons of the period, it is quite one of the best presented examples and should prove to be a truly excellent acquisition.

The Riley comes with V5C registration certificate, a large history file and a workshop manual.