1937 Riley 9 Monaco Saloon

Make: Riley
Model: 9 Monaco Saloon
Year: 1937
Registration Number: FPJ 681
Chassis Number: S67ZX 3246
Engine Number: SZX 3246
Steering: Right Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Sold For: £9460

Auction Date: 19 September 2013
Lot No: 249

As was the case with many motor car companies, Riley began life as a manufacturer of bicycles. Their first motor car was launched in 1898; by the late 1920s and throughout the Thirties, the Coventry factory produced some of the finest sporting models in the World. Arriving in 1926, the ‘9’ was one of Riley’s greatest successes; light, luxurious and offered in a vast range of body styles, the model became the choice of discerning motorists. The Monaco was arguably the most popular of series; as the first body style available, the name continually re-appeared in different guises throughout the Nine’s evolution. Its final incarnation was in 1936/7, with a smart six-light body based on the Adelphi.

This exceptional late series Monaco, equipped with manual gearbox and overdrive, has been the subject of an older restoration to the chassis, coachwork and interior. During the last four years, the current custodian has carried out considerable work to the mechanical aspect of the motor car. Works have included a steering and braking system overhaul (with the re-lining of the brake shoes and the fitting of new actuators) and a full inspection of the shock absorbers, links and bushes, with the replacement of parts as necessary. The petrol tank has been restored by a specialist.

The ‘short’ engine has been overhauled by Riley specialist Blue Diamond Services, with the fitting of new (standard size) pistons and liners. The cylinder head has been skimmed, de-coked and refitted with a solid copper gasket. The Monaco is also fitted with a new clutch plate, and the starter motor and dynamo have been checked and equipped with new bushes. The tyres are relatively new, having covered one thousand miles, and the spare tyre is unused. The Riley has been sensibly upgraded for modern motoring with an electric cooling fan and flasher indicators. Notably, the sunroof and opening windscreen remain in good working order.

The history file includes numerous invoices, several old MOT test certificates and the V5C registration certificate.

This attractive family post-vintage thoroughbred is ready to be enjoyed.