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Riley Adelphi 1936-1938

New for 1935 for the '36 season was the 12/4 engine which  was an all new design of 1.5-litre and could be specified in the  new Riley Adelphi model introduced   as the replacement for the Riley Stelvio. With a power output of 51bhp, it would  reach 50mph in some 23 seconds and manage eventually about 73mph. A comfortable  5 seater saloon on the wide track chassis , it was available with two choices of engine – 15 hp 6 cylinder, or the popular 12 hp 4 cylinder unit. The Riley  Adelphi represented the 'Mr Beige' of Riley’s mid 1930’s cars with its  wood-framed coachwork, centre lock wire wheels and high-efficiency engine the Riley Adelphi made it one of the best selling of the  sporting saloons often chopped into specials due to better engine sizes. Wide track chassis was used on this many with inbuilt jacking systems within the chassis.

  Options for engines were:- 12/4 1936-9; 12/4 Sprite 1936-8; 15/6 1935-8; 16/4 1937-9; 8/90 1936-8;

Clubs for this model:  The Riley Register,     The Riley Motor Club,    &  those from other countries listed here

The last chassis number is replaced with an asterisk but known to the clubs .There will be others in other clubs and countries please click + email info IF YOUR CAR IS MISSING                     Adelphi Specials  below or  click here                  

A picture tour around an original 1935 Adelphi 15/6  originally DPH 433 - chassis no 46A2692 came to Denmark in the mid seventies from Sussex as a one owner car with 72.000 miles on the meter. Check the carpets and headlinings if restoring one and many grateful thanks to Karsten for the pics









Original headlining and binding with the sunshine roof also with headlining







Known cars in data below from Vernon Barkers books ( Riley Register Series 2+3 a must buy for many many more facts + pictures)  plus other sources such as Styles, :- Those in bold are alive/survivors of the hundreds built as the Adelphi was Riley's biggest seller.  Remember pre war the car 'year' was from September to September ie from the Motor Show so Sept 1935 was the new 1936 model . Also the asterisks are used when data is from the Riley Register membership lists due to data protection laws and a members complaint however photographs in the public domain will show the data. Eventually any chassis or number plate searched for in the box above will reveal if a real model/special/historic special and hopefully stop idiots selling a chopped 1936 Adelphi as a 1932 racing car to deceive the unwary.

Chassis plate code  numbers used:- 
The S =Special Series / SS = Sprite Series £25 extra identifying the engine tune plus extras 
86A - Oct. 1935- Oct 1936 Adelphi 8/90 Models 9'4½" Wheelbase chassis 101-109/Oct. 1936 87 A or K chassis  201-211(wrong as   is 212) (£450 + tax)
        - Oct. 1937+ 1938 Adelphi 8/90 Models 1937 on 9'8½"Wheelbase chassis; 1938 Big Four 16 hp chassis 212-?
46A - 1935 Adelphi  early 1936 Series  mostly 12/6 & 15/6 Models = rare
26A
  - 1936 Adelphi 12/4 Saloon   @  £350 + purchase tax,  Wide track Chassis using Midland Bodies
S26A  - 1936 Adelphi 12/4 Saloon Special Series @  £335 + purchase tax, Production of both models approximately 770 in 8/9 months
27AX-1938  Adelphi Saloon with overdrive gearbox
77A - 1937 Adelphi ;    @  £350 + purchase tax,  Production of both models approximately 650.  Wide track Chassis using Midland Bodies
38A - 1939 Adelphi ;    @  £375 + purchase tax,  Production of both models approximately 180 (half season).Wide track Chassis using Midland Bodies
38AX-1938  Adelphi Big 4 with overdrive gearbox often called Blue Streak like the Kestrel.Wide track Chassis

AAM 488     chassis   26A 4332                 64
AAP 427     chassis   S27A 597                   92                 converted to a Historic Special now 16/4;
AAY 338     chassis   27A 5237                   67*                converted to a Historic Special

AAY 458     chassis   27A 73
ABL 6         chassis   27A 5141                    73x              converted to a Historic Special
ABL 50       chassis   27A 5149
ABL 55       chassis   27A 5272
ABL 597      chassis   27A 5660
ABL 623      chassis   27A 5813
ABM 132     chassis   26A 3846                   61= Last year they were recorded as alive, (many are wrong so updates welcome!)
ACA 167     chassis   27A 5118                    61*
ACD 330      chassis   26A 3645                 (AOD?)    Conflict of info with AOD 330
ACJ 70         chassis    26A 64
ACL 496     chassis   27A 5728
ACO 132     chassis   27A 6585
ADG 823     chassis   S26A 3312              ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
ADP 671     chassis   26A 7787
ADV 454     chassis   26A 3213
ADV 535     chassis   26A 3212
ADY 395     chassis   27A 7008
AED 971     chassis   27A 6779                67* converted to a Historic Special
AFS 168     chassis   26A 4489
AFS 613     chassis   27A 5210
AFS 782     chassis   27A 5236
AGA 103     chassis   27A 5117               Conflict with Ch.No. Falcon BKV 367
AGB 435     chassis   27A 5712
AGB 595     chassis   27A 5863               converted to a Historic Special
AGD 577     chassis   S27A 5996             ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
AGD 586     chassis   27A 5899
AHS 29     chassis   27A 6953                   73
AJB 324     chassis   27A 61
AJB 598     chassis   27A 6480
AKY 8     chassis   S26A 4299                   58*
AKW 670     chassis   26A 4142               possibly the one in Register minus  reg number
AMJ 245     chassis   27A        ?                  67
AMJ 646     chassis   27A 6332
AMO 425     chassis   27A 6849
AMW 774     chassis   27A 6406                 6l
ANM 439     chassis   26A 4506                  64
ANM 541     chassis   26A 4802
ANM 562     chassis   26A 4842
ANX 513     chassis   264 3549                    61
ANX  720     chassis   26A 3716
AOD 330     chassis   26A W5                      (ACD?)   Conflict of info with ACD 330
AOU 138     chassis   26A 2979
AOU 180     chassis   26A 3210
APM 253     chassis   27A 6092                 78 converted to a Historic Special
APM 830     chassis   28A  7333
APN 19       chassis     28A  7412
APN 808     chassis   ?
APW 284     chassis   26A 3832                   58 (APW?)
APW 808     chassis   26A  4078                   57* (APN?)
APY 188      chassis   28AX 7322                1938  Adelphi Saloon with overdrive gearbox
ARD 32        chassis  28AX   7332               1938  Adelphi Saloon with overdrive gearbox
ARW 429     chassis   26A 3202
ARX 900     chassis   28A 7638
ASC 544     chassis   27A 5838                  64* converted to a Historic Special
ASC 576     chassis   27A 5715
ASC 702     chassis   27A 5239
ASC 742     chassis   27A 5354
ASC 906      chassis   27A 5748
ASC 937      chassis   27A 5898
ASF 33         chassis   27A 5914
ASF 34         chassis   27A 6034
ASF 274      chassis   27A 6018
ASP 761      chassis   26A 4097
ASP 791     chassis   26A 4729
ASP 984      chassis   26A 4364                 67*
ASR 46        chassis   27A 4756
ASR 325     chassis   27A 5725                 6l (Re.registered as TSU 614?)
ASR 363     chassis   27A 6138
ASR 368     chassis   27A 6197
ATC 158     chassis             ?                     61 (BTC?)
ATM 21     chassis   26A 4916                  58 ATM 151     chassis   27A 5135
ATM 177     chassis   27A 5299
ATM 709     chassis   27A 5619                     
ATM 742      chassis   27A 5711
AUK 328      chassis   27A ?                     61
AV 8471       chassis   26A 4827                61
AVF 123       chassis  26A 4846
AWN 185      chassis    27A 6205            58
AWP 829      chassis    27A 5921             59
AWX 375      chassis    26A ?                  58
BAC 360     chassis   27A 5955               61
BAC 702     chassis   27A 6354
BAC 742     chassis   27A 6405
BAK 906      chassis   27A 5419
BAX 937      chassis   27A ?                        80
BBL 312       chassis   28A 7802                78 converted to a Historic Special Re registered in Germany
BBY 152       chassis   26A     ?                    61
BBY 182      chassis   26A524*                     
BCE 868      chassis   26A 3582
BCG 656     chassis   26A 4692
BDF 208     chassis   27A 5072
BDG 626     chassis   26A 3763
BDK 619     chassis   27A 5354
BDK 690      chassis   27A 5748
BDK 691      chassis   27A 5898
BDU 3         chassis   27A 5914
BDU 347       chassis   27A 6034
BDU 351      chassis   27A 6018
BDU 721      chassis   26A 4097
BDU 722     chassis   26A 4729
BDU 725     chassis   27A 5239
BDU 729     chassis   27A 5354
BDV 927      chassis   27A 5748
BDV 959      chassis   26A 3942                 64
BER 253       chassis   26A 3096
BFJ 773        chassis   67A 4421
BGB 471      chassis   28A 7398
BGD 965      chassis   28AX 7668             1938  Adelphi Saloon with overdrive gearbox
BHP 11       chassis   26A 3402                  64     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 46       chassis   26A 3551                 36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 53       chassis   26A 3491                36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 96       chassis   26A 3524                36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 98       chassis   27A 3682                36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 352      chassis   27A 5898                36    Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 355       chassis   27A 5914               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 360      chassis   27A 6034               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 461      chassis   27A 6018               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 464      chassis   26A 4097               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 469     chassis   26A 4729                 36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 684     chassis   26A 5715                 36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 688     chassis   26A 5239                 36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 690     chassis   26A 5354                36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 881      chassis   26A 5748               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP885      chassis   26A 5898                 36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 886      chassis   26A 5914               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 888      chassis   S26A 6034             36     Works registered for dealer collection + ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
BHP 890      chassis   26A 6018               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHP 891      chassis   26A 4097               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BHY 899     chassis   26A 4729                             
BKD 520     chassis   26A  ?                      59
BKH 804     chassis   26A 3198                58
BKU 83       chassis  S27A 5393               36     Works registered for dealer collection + ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
BKV 305      chassis   27A 5539               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BKV 309      chassis   27A 5449               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BKV 313      chassis   27A 5609               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BKV 666      chassis   27A 6034               64     Works registered for dealer collection   (669 ? 27C)
BKV 714      chassis   S27A 6018             61     Works registered for dealer collection + ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
BKV 719      chassis   27A 5684               36     Works registered for dealer collection + converted to a Historic Special
BKV 720      chassis   S27A 5868             36     Works registered for dealer collection + ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
BKV 936     chassis    27A 5849               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BKV 702     chassis   27A 7128                36     Works registered for dealer collection + Works experimental car
BKW 758     chassis   27A 6337
BKW 976     chassis   27A 5722
BLJ 948      chassis   26A 3002
BNX 886     chassis   27A 6894
BOD 434     chassis   26A 4847                 61*
BOK 413     chassis   26A                           58
BOK 856     chassis   26A 3138                
BOP 567     chassis   S27A                        58  + ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
BOR 37       chassis   26A 4823
BOR 657     chassis   27A 5083
BOR 986     chassis   26A 5230
BOU 481     chassis   S27A 6058              + ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
BOU B5B     chassis   27A 631461
BOY 711      chassis   26A                         58
BPR 662      chassis                                   78 Re-registered
BRB 924     chassis   26A 3101
BRH 435     chassis   26A 3949                 57
BRH 672     chassis   26A 3996                59
BRH 677     chassis   26A 1225                57
BRH 751     chassis   26A 4220                56
BRU 315     chassis   26A                         58
BRW 304     chassis   26A 3771              36     Works registered for dealer collection now possibly L1FE* (26A377*) Special
BRW 307     chassis   264 3950               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BRW 309     chassis   26A 3845               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BRW 311     chassis   26A, 1177              36     Works registered for dealer collection
BRW 312     chassis   26A 3993               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BRW 321     chassis   26A 4327
BRW 398     chassis   26A 4172               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BRW 513     chassis   26A 4251               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BRW 514     chassis   26A 3626               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BRW 516     chassis   26A 4258               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BRW 517     chassis   26A 4077               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BRW 651     chassis   26A 3999
BRW 652     chassis   26A 3622
BRW 700     chassis   S26A 4303              36     Works registered for dealer collection  + ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
BRW 843     chassis   26A 4374               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BRW 844     chassis   26A 4520               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BRW 845     chassis   25A 4400               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BRW 846     chassis   26A 4430               36     Works registered for dealer collection
BRW B47     chassis   26A 4350              57      Works registered for dealer collection
BRY 752 /572     chassis    28A 7362      
BSC 249      chassis   28AX 7330             1938  Adelphi Saloon with overdrive gearbox
BSP 650     chassis   27A 6823
BSP 867     chassis   27A 6665                 67
BSP 919     chassis   27A 6933
BTD 697     chassis   27A                          57
BTM 366     chassis   28A 7384
BTV 658     chassis   26A 3705
BU 909*      chassis   46A261*               Now a special  15/6 engine
BU 9980     chassis   27A                        73
BUR 872     chassis   26A 4871                              
BUS 950     chassis   2BA 73s6
BVB 162     chassis   27A 5028               58*
BVB 410     chassis   27A 5463               61
BVC 49     chassis   26A 1711                36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVC 50     chassis   26A 4835                36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVL 5I     chassis   S26A 1758               36     Works registered for dealer collection + ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
BVC 53     chassis   26A 1844                36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVC 56   chassis   26A 4843                   36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVC  57   chassis   26A 4795                 36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVC 58     chassis   26A 4755                36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVC 60     chassis   S26A 4661             73 Works registered for dealer collection + ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
BVC 202     chassis   S26A  4378           36     Works registered for dealer collection+ ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
BVC 203     chassis   26A 4888             36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVC 205     chassis   26A 4896             59      Works registered for dealer collection
BVC 211     chassis   27A 5002             36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVC 522     chassis   27A 5067             36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVC 524     chassis   27A 5001             36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVC 525     chassis   27A 5021             36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVC 530     chassis   27A 5094             36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVC 531     chassis   27A 5073             36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVC 534     chassis   27A 5300             36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVC 542     chassis   27A                      78*
BVC 823     chassis   27A 5139             36     Works registered for dealer collectionc         (5129?)
BVC 824     chassis   27A 5079             36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVC 827     chassis   27A 5216             36     Works registered for dealer collection
BVC 831      chassis   27A 5330              36     Works registered for dealer collection
BV0 770      chassis   26A 3562                             
BWK 103     chassis   26A 4511             36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 104     chassis   26A 3578            36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 107     chassis   26A 4543             36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 110     chassis   26A 3933            36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 111     chassis   26A 4366           36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 325     chassis   26A 4382            36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 326     chassis   26A 4601            36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 327     chassis   26A 4589            36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 329     chassis   26A 4575            36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 330     chassis   26A 4425            36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 334     chassis   26A 4626           36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 335     chassis   26A 4600           36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 572     chassis   26A 4675           36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 573     chassis   26A 4691           36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 576     chassis   26A 4545           36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 578     chassis   26A 4386           36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 581     chassis   26A 4390            36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 582     chassis   S26A 5073         36     Works registered for dealer collection + ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
BWK 741     chassis   26A 4381           36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 744     chassis   26A 4717          36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 745     chassis   S26A 4749        62     Works registered for dealer collection + ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
BWK 746     chassis   26A  4793        36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 747      chassis   26A 4772        36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 748     chassis   26A 4774         36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 749     chassis   26A 4751         36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWK 750     chassis   26A 4747         36     Works registered for dealer collection
BWM 24*     chassis   46A263*         Historic Special
BWM 365      chassis   26A 4772          57
BYA 94*       chassis   46A257*              15/6     Engine
BYB 30         chassis   26A 3579              61    
BYB 162       chassis   ?                            61    (BVB??)
BYD 983     chassis   27A 5431                            
BY 195*      chassis   47A301*                15/6 Engine
CAA 242     chassis   26A  3360               CAE ?  Conflict of info with CAA 242
CAA 263     chassis   27A 6518               61x
CAA 398     chassis   27A 6482
CAA 526     chassis   27A 6510
CAE 33     chassis   26A 3174
CAE 97     chassis   26A 3171
CAE 242     chassis   26A 3360            58          Conflict of info with CAA 212 (224?)
CAE 411     chassis   26A 3338
CAE 713     chassis   26A 3517            57
CAE 934     chassis   26A 3697
CAL 377     chassis   26A 4183
CAL 773     chassis   26A,
CAO 487     chassis   27A                     58
CBJ 212      chassis   27A 5672
CBJ 434     chassis   27A 5995  
CBP 660     chassis   26A
CCE 974     chassis   27A 6228            61
CDF 530     chassis   28A 7377
CDF 573     chassis   28AX 7444        1938  Adelphi Saloon with overdrive gearbox
CDU 57      chassis   27A 5747            37     Works registered for dealer collection
CDU 58      chassis   27A 5750           37     Works registered for dealer collection
CDU 469      chassis   27A 5967         73     Works registered for dealer collection
CDU 472     chassis   27A 5169           64     Works registered for dealer collection
CDU 473     chassis   27A 5876          37     Works registered for dealer collection
CDU 613     chassis   27A 6064         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CDU 614     chassis   27A 5977         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CDU 621     chassis   27A 6143          59     Works registered for dealer collection
CDU 622     chassis   27A 7046         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CDU 926     chassis   27A 6211         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CDU 931     chassis   27A 5068          37     Works registered for dealer collection
CEH 914     chassis   26A 3347          61
CEL 900     chassis   26A 4204                          
CER 600     chassis   28A 7378
CER 798     chassis   28A 7386
CFJ  209     chassis   27A 5161        78*
CFJ  892     chassis   27A 6684
CFS 378     chassis   28A 7338
CHP  106     chassis   27A 6413        37     Works registered for dealer collection
CHP 108     chassis   27A 6452         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CHP  172     chassis   27A 6483        37     Works registered for dealer collection
CHP 781     chassis   27A 6572        37     Works registered for dealer collection
CHP 782     chassis   27A 6481        37     Works registered for dealer collection
CHT t67     chassis   S26A 3847     + ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
CHT 179     chassis   26A 3776
CHT 500     chassis   26A
CHT 673     chassis   26A 4177
CHT 930     chassis   26A 3892
CHU 169     chassis   26A 4207       61
CHU 889     chassis   26A 4558
CHW 41     chassis   26A 4627        67*
CHW 321     chassis   26A 1587
CHW 709     chassis   26A 1724
CHY 468     chassis   26A 3006       58
CKC 59*     chassis   27A 5586       Historic Special.
CKF 735     chassis   27A 6429       78
CKF 810     chassis   27A 61
CKH 997     chassis   27A 5492       60
CKM 635     chassis   26A               61*
CKR 96       chassis   26A                61*
CKT 225     chassis   26A 3951      65  *See also CSV 305
CKT 898     chassis   26A                 58
CKV 100     chassis   28A 7404         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CKV 280     chassis   28A 7376         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CKV 315     chassis   28A 7399         37     Works registered for dealer collection 
CKV 319     chassis   28A 7479         64 Works registered for dealer collection     Historic Special. Re-registered YW 8788
CKV 41*     chassis   28A 7394         Works registered for dealer collection now with a  Kestrel body
CLF 456     chassis   26A 3200                             
CLJ 570     chassis   27A                                       73
CLJ 836     chassis   27A                                       61*
CLJ 877     chassis   27A                     64*
CLM 52*     chassis   26A 3680*                            
CLN 964     chassis   26A                    58
CLR 853     chassis   26A 3791
CLW 497     chassis   26A 3588        58   Special ?
CMY 470     chassis   26A                  57x
CN 7432     chassis   26A 4797
CN 8111      chassis    26A 6998
CNE 304       chassis   26A                  57  
CNY 342     chassis   27A 5161          61x
COB 976     chassis   26A                  58*
CRA 502     chassis   26A 4222
CRA 800     chassis   26A 4714
CRB 403     chassis   26A 4801
CRB 684     chassis   27A 5259
CRB 892     chassis   S26A 4319      + ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
CRB 899     chassis   26A 1815
CRW 374     chassis   27A 6697      37     Works registered for dealer collection
CRW 37*     chassis  27A 6749               Works registered for dealer collection
CRW 380     chassis   27A 6778     37     Works registered for dealer collection
CRW 930     chassis   27A 6943
CS 5069        chassis   27A                                       64
CSM   268     chassis   27A 5232
CSV 305     chassis   26A 3951         84  (Re-registration of CKT.225?)
CTA 284     chassis   27A                 57*
CTD 925     chassis   28A 7430       78x
CUB 987     chassis   26A                 64x
CUG 201     chassis   26A 3193
CUV 141     chassis   26A                 58
CUV 142     chassis   26A 4126        80x
CUV 14*     chassis   26A309*                                 
CUV 146     chassis   26A 3962         64x
CVC 128     chassis   27A 6438         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CVC 129     chassis   27AX 7200      64     Works registered for dealer collection    1938  Adelphi Saloon with overdrive gearbox
CVC 130     chassis   27A 7042         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CVC 131     chassis   27A 7213         61     Works registered for dealer collection
CVC 473     chassis   28A 7211         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CVC 476     chassis   28AX 7229      59     Works registered for dealer collection    1938  Adelphi Saloon with overdrive gearbox
CVC 478     chassis   28AX 7231      37     Works registered for dealer collection    1938  Adelphi Saloon with overdrive gearbox
CVC 480     chassis   28AX 7216      37     Works registered for dealer collection    1938  Adelphi Saloon with overdrive gearboxS
CVC 483     chassis   28A 7371         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CVC 893     chassis   28A 7258         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CVC 894     chassis   28A 7397         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CVK 151     chassis    S26A 3468     + ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
CVK 210     chassis   26A 3101
CVK 634     chassis   26A 3931
CVO 547     chassis   S27A 6173         + ( Special Series Engine Upgrade)
CVU 346     chassis   27A                     58*
CVW 650     chassis   26A
CVW 739     chassis   26A
CWJ 844     chassis   27A                    80
CWK 16*     chassis   27A 6792         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CWK 167     chassis  S27A 6198         58     Works registered for dealer collection
CWK 168     chassis   27A 5953         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CWK 169     chassis   27A 6930         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CNK 772     chassis   27A 6878          37     Works registered for dealer collection
CNK 442     chassis   27A 6879          37     Works registered for dealer collection
CWK 443     chassis   27A 6898         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CWK 44s     chassis   27A 6876         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CWK 4s1     chassis   27A 6947         61     Works registered for dealer collection
CWK 4s2     chassis   27A 6985         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CWK 817     chassis   27A 6834         58     Works registered for dealer collection
CWK B1B     chassis   27A 7015         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CWK 819     chassis   27A 6958         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CWK 821     chassis   27A 7O38        62     Works registered for dealer collection
CWK 823     chassis   27A 6997         37     Works registered for dealer collection
CWM 365     chassis   27A                 58 (356??)
CXF 226     chassis   26A 4419            64
CXH 65     chassis   26A 4329             61
CXW 448     chassis   26A 3620          64
CXW 932     chassis    26A 4629         59
CYC 476    chassis    27A                     58 (CVC?)
CYC 933     chassis   27A                     92
CYH 67     chassis    26A                      58
CYT 474     chassis   26A                     67*
CYT 64*     chassis     26A 3346        61
CYX 934     chassis   26A                    59
DAE 508     chassis   27A 5693          Conflict Ch, No' with Falcon EVT 560
DAE 796     chassis   27A 5730
DAR 67     chassis     27A                    65*
DAR 246     chassis   28AX 7593         84 Special
DBB 939     chassis   26A                    58
DBI 166     chassis   28A 7779
DBY106     chassis   27A                  58*
DCR 723     chassis                           58 (16hP?)(BCR?)
DDK 296     chassis   28A 67
DDU 389     chassis   28A 7737         38     Works registered for dealer collection
DDU 92       chassis   28A 7771         38     Works registered for dealer collectio
DGF 81*     chassis   27A513*;         HISTORIC SPECIAL
DGF 973     chassis   27A 5240
DGT 777     chassis   27A 5027         57* Actually 71*  HISTORIC SPECIAL
DHF 593                                              59 (BHF?)
DHP 731      chassis   28AX 7436         38     Works registered for dealer collection
DHT 33       chassis   27A 5971
DPH 433       chassis   46A2692       The earliest survivor see pics above 15/6
DHU 256     chassis   SS27A 6304
DHU 488     chassis   27A 6425
DHU 815     chassis    27A 6535        92 Special
DHW 216     chassis   27A 6612         67
DHY 238     chassis   27A 6025
DHY 502     chassis   27A 6859
DKO 714     chassis   27A 6387            67*  Conflict Ch. No with DYA 2
DKV 431     chassis   28A 7918           38 Win Kest' 6-light listsSee reqist'n also
DLF 371       chassis  SS27A 6017        74 See also Kestrel 6 lt BRO 397
DLF 378       chassis         27A
DLJ 875       chassis   2BA                      61
DLN 152     chassis   27A 5965             92 SpecialRe-registered O/S France
DLN 762     chassis   27A 73
DLO 8*      chassis   27A 6088              HISTORIC SPECIAL
DLT 29*     chassis   27A 6130                     92* (797?)
DLT 295     chassis   27A 5Bx
DM 9841     chassis   26A 3673           78
DMA 13     chassis   27A 5258            57
DMB 76     chassis   27A 5799         Chassis No. with Contl' DGT 718Conflia
DMD 65     chassis  S 26A 3144
DME 10     chassis   26A
DMG 818     chassis   26A                   61
DMK 92*     chassis   26A 4578  
DMT 2         chassis   26A 3439          73
DNA 788     chassis   27A 6148
DND 71*      chassis   27A638*,
DNO  947     chassis  
DNU 339     chassis   27A 5670          69  (DUO?)
DNU 398     chassis    27A
DPE 921     chassis    S26A                58
DPH 392     chassis   S26A 3895        84
DPK 449     chassis  
DPL  378     chassis                      61*
DPL 409     chassis     26A             64*
DPV 445     chassis     26A 4360           Conflict    chassis    with  EPE 214
DPX  47*     chassis     28A 7799 
DRA 142     chassis    27A 6121
DRA 463     chassis    27A 6397
DRB 396     chassis    27A 6190
DRL 246     chassis    28AX 7593       61* SPECIAL DAR ?
DRO 59     chassis     28A 7429
DRW 148     chassis    28A 7874          38 W
DRW 979     chassis   27A 6758          38
DSM 142     chassis    28AX 7246
DSM 393     chassis    28AX 7742       58
DT 7171     chassis    26A 3964           60
DT 8246     chassis    27A 5957           56
DTN 60     chassis    26A 4771
DTN 152     chassis    26A 4591            57
DTT 354     chassis    27A 7033            61
DTU 439     chassis   
DT\/ 980     chassis    28AX 7224            
DUB 429     chassis    26A 3068           ?
DUE 331     chassis                              61
DUL 66*     chassis    27A6447 
DUO 108     chassis    28AX 7456            
DUO 947     chassis                             58 (DNO?)
DUU 840     chassis   27A 6344         99
DXL 45     chassis    27A                     58
DXM 49                                               64
DXT 798     chassis    27A                    57
DXU 884     chassis   27A 6611   
DYA 2     chassis    27A6387         Conflict Chassis No. with. DKO  714
DYW 899     chassis   27A                   61
DZ 3737     chassis   27A  5926          64
EAE 524     chassis    27A 7044
ECD 212     chassis    27A 7043
EDH 397     chassis    27A 6244
EDY 633     chassis     27A  5127  /GV 498* ( 27A512*),                    
EEH 53      chassis    27A 6123
EEV 17     chassis    27A 5231         67*
EEV 502    chassis    27A 5274        73*Re-registered O/S USA
EG 2792     chassis    26A 4458
EG 3027     chassis    26A                  73*
EG 3530     chassis    27A    6111       Conflict Chassis  No.  Ea with Contl. ASF 448
EG 3660     chassis    27A 6506           64,
EGC 771     chassis    27A   27A705*
EGY 636     chassis    2XAX 7226        61-
EHT 233     chassis    28A 7253
EHT 802     chassis    28A 7379
EKM 281     chassis    27A, 5T25       
ELB 193     chassis    28A                      61
ELD 468     chassis    28A                     64
ELD 482     chassis    28A                     61
ELD 486     chassis    28A                      58
ELG 312     chassis    27A   7014       
ELP 65     chassis     28A  7835           Historic special
ELT 883     chassis      28A  73750       57*
EMB 568     chassis      28A 7387
EMD 722     chassis    27A 5134
EML 678     chassis    27A 5620          Historic special
EMT 124     chassis    27A 4841            78
EMT 131     chassis    27A                     61
ENO 151     chassis    27A                      61
ENO 835     chassis    27A                      61
ENU 444     chassis    27A 5096 
EPA 524     chassis    S26A 4767           73
EPB 156     chassis    26A 4740              73
EPE 214     chassis    26A 4360             73  Conflict with Chassis number DPV 445
EPE 818     chassis    27A 5598              Historic special see EPG 818
EPE 948     chassis        27A 5257          84    
EPG 328     chassis       26A 4921         64
EPG 818     chassis      27A 5598   (EPE ??)     Historic special
EPH 35     chassis        27A    
EPH 250     chassis      27A                      61
EPH 357     chassis      27A 5551      
EPH 508    chassis      27A                        67     
EPJ 3     chassis        27A                          Historic special
EPL 100     chassis      27A                       57    
EPL 812     chassis       27A 6289            61   
ERB 714     chassis       28AX 7233    
ERB 861     chassis        28A 7312   
ERE 198     chassis        27A 54247   
ET 9579     chassis                                    61
ETA 50     chassis        27A 6155              73  
ETW   493  chassis        27A                     64
ETW  660    chassis        27A                    61
EUM 109     chassis          27A 6954         
EVK 857     chassis          27A 6954 
EVW 583     chassis           27A 6675       58
EW 9277     chassis           26A 4091       61
EXR 342    chassis           16/4 ,
EXR 33*     chassis           48A331*         now Historic special 15/6;
EZ 860     chassis            26A 3094           80
EZ 1882     chassis          26A 3538           59     
EZ 2408     chassis           26A
EZ 3375     chassis            26A
EZ 4375     chassis           27A      
EZ 4581     chassis           27A 5353           78 
EZ  4796     chassis          27A                    61
EZ 5982     chassis         27A 6257          now chassis number 50538   Historic Special
EZ 6226     chassis           27A
EZ 8295     chassis           27A 7021  
FBB 5OB     chassis      28A 7293
FEV 102     chassis        27A                      58*
FEV 206     chassis    27A 6848                  76
FEV 666     chassis    27A                           6l
FGU 26*     chassis    28AX 7215                          61 Historic Special
FLD168     chassis    2BA 61 (ELD?)
FLG   979     chassis    27A 5316            61*
FMF 26     chassis    S27A 5958            61x (Chassis No. suspect?)
FML 546     chassis    27A 6623
FPA 121     chassis    27A 6315            78
FPB 620     chassis    27A 5170             61
FPG 215     chassis    27A 6977            92 Historic Special
FPG 454     chassis                                 61
FKE 59*    chassis    Blue Streak(?) 46A275*     16/4
FPG 643     chassis                                  61
FTW 476     chassis    28A                      61
FUG 234     chassis    28A    7749
FV 6757     chassis    26A                       64*
FV 8563     chassis   
FW 8310     chassis    27A  5266
GL 3604     chassis   S26A 4703          58
GM 2652     chassis    27A 5138
GM 2910     chassis    27A 7000
GMD 451     chassis    28AX 7354        75
GMX 700     chassis    27A 6174           61
GNW 99     chassis    28AX. 7222
GR 4358     chassis    27A 6959
GR 4409     chassis    27A 6979
GS 6245     chassis    26A343*           HISTORIC SPECIAL
GS 7858     chassis    28A 7798
GUB 101     chassis    28AX 7210
HAB 442     chassis                               58   (AAB?)
HH 8406     chassis    26A 3167
HH 8440     chassis    26A 3640
HH B5105     chassis    26A 3922
HH 9188     chassis    27A 6402
HH 9428     chassis    27A 6934
HL 7367     chassis    26A 4285
HRF 543     chassis     28A 7341         (Re-registration?)
JB 7797     chassis     264 3105
JB 8058     chassis     264 3103
JB 8228     chassis     26A 3558
JB 8308     chassis     26A 3698                61
JB 8391     chassis     264 3816
JB 9275     chassis     26A 4625             57
JB 9291     chassis     26A 4599            58   NOW TSU 87*    Special
JC 5167     chassis     2BA 7654           61 SPecial  Re-registered as USY 606
JG 7916     chassis     27A 5198
JG 9823     chassis     28A 7318               61
JM 3248     chassis     27A51
JPG 818     chassis                                    67    (29S?)(Re-registration?)
JR 1137     chassis     26A 3135
JR 5937     chassis     27A 5238
JR 593B     chassis     27A 6156
]R 6322     chassis     27A 6595
JT 4138     chassis     26A 3602
JT 4673     chassis     26A 1138
]T 6537     chassis     27A 5253              57
JU 7616     chassis     26A 3163              57
JU 8686     chassis     26A 4517
JU 8877     chassis     26A 4369             59
JU 888*     chassis     26A 4642            73x
JU  8906     chassis     26A 3818
JU 9617     chassis     27A 5420           58
JV 4118     chassis     264 3181
JV 4127     chassis     26A 3208
JV 4147     chassis     26A 3134             59*
JV 4274     chassis     26A 3133
JX 3964     chassis     26A 4362
JX 3983     chassis     5264 4353
JX 5226     chassis     27A 6818
JX 5593     chassis     27A 6986
KG 8616     chassis     26A 47t6
KS 7655     chassis     27A 6945
MJ 9143     chassis     26A 3742
MJ 9533     chassis     26A 3472
NJ 8633     chassis     26A 58
NJ  8837     chassis     26A 61
NJ 9145     chassis     26A 4398         84
NV6392     chassis     26A 3308          92
OW 9459     chassis     26A 4775
OHW 4*     chassis      26A462*
OXW 76761     chassis                        (DXW?)
PP 692173     chassis    
PYA 280     chassis                               (DYA?)
RG 6366     chassis     26A 3467          75*
RV 8151     chassis     S26A 3638
RV 8381     chassis     26A 3935
RV 8382     chassis     26A 3902
SN 7080     chassis     26A 3318
SN 7714     chassis     26A 3465
SN 7742     chassis     26A 3685
SN 8241     chassis     28AX 7221
SN 8497     chassis     28A 7829
SN 8499     chassis     28A 7834         80
SR9B49     chassis     26A 4102
SR 9937     chassis     26A 4365
SR 9943     chassis     26A 4536
SS  4456     chassis     26A 4388
SS 4496     chassis     26A 4877
SY 574*     chassis     26A3489,
TH 6698     chassis     26A                   57
TSU 614     chassis     27A 5725         61 (Re-registration of ASR 325?)
UD 8621     chassis     27A                   57
UJ 6738     chassis     26A                    58
UJ 7872     chassis     26A 4552
UJ 8860     chassis       27A 6098
USY 606     chassis     28A 7654          Special   Reregistration of JC 5167
VD 5514     chassis     26A 3165
VD 6256     chassis     26A 3699
VD 6544     chassis     26A 1712
VD 6875     chassis     27A 5399
VD 7239     chassis     27A 5970
VD 8986     chassis     28A 7683
VG 8716    chassis    S26A 4508
VG 8737    chassis    26A 4420
VG 8863    chassis    S26A 4686
VG 9081    chassis    S26A 1914
VH 8677    chassis    26A 3621
VH 8955    chassis    26A 3314
VH 9502    chassis    26A 4248
VJ 9705    chassis    26A 4502
VL 8991    chassis    27A 6012
VN 8020    chassis    26A 3203
VN 9108    chassis    26A 4867         61
VN 9608    chassis    27A 5708
VN 9628    chassis    S27A 5774
VVS  18*    chassis    46A274*
WF 8492    chassis    26A 3475
WF 8554    chassis    26A 3487
WFB 8B8    chassis    26A 3681         64
WH 8170    chassis    27A                  67
WS 6637    chassis    26A 2975        81
WS 7066    chassis    26A                 (6?)
WS 7076    chassis    26A 4727       78*
WS 8094    chassis    26A                  67
WS 9002    chassis    26A 3683         61
WS 9169    chassis    26A 4581           61
WS 9907    chassis    26A 4580
XG 4228    chassis    26A 3164
YJ 3098    chassis    26A 3220            64 Special
YJ 5130    chassis    27A 7011           73 Special
YS 4764    chassis    26A 2973            64
YS 6109    chassis    26A 3617
YS 6286    chassis    26A 3712
YS 6333    chassis    26A 3613            Conflict chassis Number. with Kestrel 6 light ANX 546
YS 635*    chassis    26A352*
YS 8586    chassis    26A 4523
YS 8981    chassis    26A 4704
YS 9112    chassis    26A 4503
Z 6880    chassis    26A 4624               84

Chassis unidentified UK registration, & Overseas Sales
chassis    26A 3095
chassis     26A 3183
chassis    26A 3300
chassis    26A 333U
chassis    26A 3385 Overseas
chassis    26A 3489
chassis    26A 3575
chassis    26A 3603
chassis    26A 3770   92 New Zealand now a Special
chassis    26A 3893
chassis    26A 4038
chassis    26A 4098
chassis    26A 4375   73 Australia
chassis    26A 4379  
chassis    26A 4387        73 Australia
chassis    S26A 4399
chassis    26A 4537
chassis    26A 4746
chassis    26A 4799      New Zealand
chassis    26A 4800
chassis    26A 4828
chassis    26A 4862  Restored in Australia
chassis    27A 5017
chassis    27A 5038
chassis    27A 5039     81      New Zealand
chassis    27A 5105         Overseas
chassis    27A 5250
chassis    27A 5422
chassis    27A 5423  Overseas
chassis    27A 5425  96   New Zealand
chassis    27A 5433 64   New Zealand
chassis    27A 5550
chassis    27A 5552
chassis    27A 5587
chassis    27A 5683
chassis    27A .5685   75    New Zealand
chassis    27A 5714
chassis    27A 5840 
chassis   27A 5880 96 New  Zealand
chassis    27A 5881 96 New  Zealand
chassis    27A 5882 96 New  Zealand
chassis    27A 6010
chassis    27A 6220
chassis    27A 6245    New  Zealand
chassis    27A 6253
chassis    27A 6377
chassis    27A 6500
chassis    27A 6503
chassis    27A  7109  65
chassis    28AX 7232
chassis    28A 7549
chassis    28A 7655
chassis     28A 7883
In OZ  ( 37A21*V8),
DH 2* QP  ( 46A263*15/6),                             
RV 905* ( 46A275*15/6 ),                ,            
NO REG ( 26A414*),


Adelphi 8/90 The new 8/90 engine was launched at the 1935 motor show, using a new '6-light' Adelphi body and a 18 HP V-8-cylinder engine. These engines were constructed of two 9 HP blocks  set at 90 degrees (hence 8/90 with a cubic capacity of 2178 cc (60.3 x 95.2 mm), essentially 2  9hp  blocks). Chassis and  body was essentially the same as the Kestrel 15/6, plus  a higher standard of trim. The Kestrel version sold two  compared to about 35 Adelphis.
86A - Oct. 1935- Oct 1936 Adelphi 8/90 Models 9'4½" Wheelbase chassis 101-109/Oct. 1936 87 A or K chassis  201-211(wrong as   is 212) (£450 + tax)
87A- Oct. 1937+ 1938 Adelphi 8/90 Models 1937 on 9'8½"Wheelbase; chassis the 1938 Big Four 16 hp chassis 212-?
8/90 data as requested:-
Petrol tank capacity 11½ gallons; Rear axle capacity 3½ pints; Gearbox capacity 7 pints; Battery  12v 64 amp hours; Wheels 3.25 x 17  Tyres 5.25 x 18;  length inc bumpers 14 ft 9; Height 5 ft 3½;  Width 5 ft 1¼;  Weight 29¾ cwt;  Firing order 1-5-4-8-6-3-7-2;  Sump 16 pints; Turning circle 38 ft.
 Transmission - By autornatic clutch, epicyclic gears (Wilson Patents and enclosed shaft to spiral bevel gears)
Gear Ratios 4.55 to 1 /5 to 1; 1st 18.2 to 1 / 20 to 1;  2nd 10.4 to 1 / 11.45 to 1; 3rd -6.71 to 1  / 7.37 to 1 ; Top (direct) 4.55 to 1/5 to 1;  - Reverse 20.33 to 1  22.34 to 1

chassis    Adelphi 8-90
BDU 8    chassis   86A 101
BVC 209    chassis   86A 109
BKV 84*     chassis   87A 201
CWK l70*    chassis   87A 202
CWK 825*    chassis   87A 205
CVC 123"    chassis   87A 208
In -AUS      chassis   87A 211
CVC 474*    chassis   87A 212
GS 4479     chassis   87A 219
CKV 314*    chassis   87A 220
CKV 575    chassis   87A 223
JM 3576    chassis   87A 224
        chassis   87A 228
EGN 542     chassis   87AA?? registration date    September 1937 At  Prescott
GS 8774      chassis   87A  2129   registration date   March 1939 go to bottom of the page  and pics when poorly click here
JV 6220       chassis     Riley 8/90 Adelphi Silver Streak also pictured here
        chassis    Adelphi 8-90
  ??                 chassis    Adelphi 8-90 COY 552    chassis    surviving Kestrel 8/90

Chassis 38AX  Big 4 Adelphi According to VB's book data on about 55% of those produced.The engine survived the war, and stayed on until 1957 in the Pathfinder model :-

ADN 604    chassis    ?                  registration date  2. 2.38 
AFR 76* /RA435000*Chassis number 38AX1305      16/4 engine Was in Italy
AFU 169    chassis    38AX 1261  registration date 11.4.38        58
ANR 7O2    chassis    38AX 1089  registration date 30.11.37     Australia
APN 438    chassis    38AX 1139    registration date 1.38 Eire re-registered KG 526/3 JGN/XKP/106A
APN 580    chassis    38AX 1222  registration date 8.2.38   broken 60's
ARX 802    chassis    38AX 1161  registration date 3. 1.38   last known 1959 Bournemouth could be In OZ ( 38AX116*16/4 )
BCR 723    chassis    38AX 1004  registration date 23.11.37   Dobbs Demonstrator broken 60's
BGB 926    chassis    38AX 1047  registration date 1.12.37   last known 1960 Orkney
BGD 963    chassis    38AX 1169  registration date 19.1.38   last known 1955 London
BGE 384    chassis    38AX 1183  registration date 31.1.38   last known 1964 Scotland
BGE 581    chassis    38AX 1206  registration date 9.2.38   last known 1960 Middlesex
BGE 886    chassis    38AX 1215  registration date 29.2.38  last known 1957 Glasgow
BJB 135    chassis    38AX 1295  registration date 7.6.38  last known 1958 Aberdeenshire
BOW 423    chassis    38AX 1313  registration date 15.8.38   broken 60's
BRY 88*      chassis    38AX 1102*                        Now a Historic 1960's  special     16/4 engine
BSC 761    chassis    38AX 1093   registration date 3.12.37 Bronson Racing Special builts 1980's
BWS 862    chassis    38AX 1050   registration date 8.7.38   last known 1960
BZ 6133    chassis    38AX 1309   registration date 30.7.38 EX N.IRELAND LAST BUILT ONE TO SURVIVE
CBM 858    chassis    38AX 8581   registration date 1. 8.18 last known Bristol
CDG 458    chassis    38AX1 064   registration date 1. 3.38 Possibly destroyed in the war
CDG 689    chassis    38AX 1027   registration date 25.3.38  Possibly destroyed in the war
CKV 316    chassis    38AX 1014   registration date 1.11.37 c Riley Sales Demonstrator sold 4/39 to V Leverett
CKV 3i7    chassis    38AX 1026   registration date 8.11.37 last known 1950's sold Bristol
CKV573    chassis    38AX 1061   registration date 19.11.37 sold Brighton possibly exported
CKV 577    chassis    38AX 1087   registration date 7.12.37 last known 1960's
CKV 58O    chassis    38AX IO71   registration date 27.11.37 Supplied to Temple Press for Chistopher Jennings(?) last known 1950's
CRW 905    chassis    38AX 1314   registration date 14.5.37 Prototype sold SU '39. last known 1960's
CTX 69    chassis       38AX              registration date 11.37  last known Wales 1961
CVC 886    chassis    38AX 1001   registration date 11.10.37 Motor Show car Ist production car used by Victor Riley snr
CVC 889    chassis    38AX 1007   registration date 12.10.37 Supplied to Belfast last known 1950's
CVC 892    chassis    38AX 1010   registration date 19.10.37 Supplied to Switzerland/Swiss distributors
CUO 202    chassis    38AX 1117?   registration date 22.12.37 Conflict with Kestrel AUN 838 chassis number 1111??
CUO 781    chassis    38AX 1218   registration date 10.1.38
DBY 149    chassis    38AX   ?  registration date 1 1.37 Bronze Award in MCC Edinburgh Trial in June l938
DDK 93    chassis    38AX 1192   registration date  Last known mid 1960s. Poss Rochdale distribr.
DDU 394    chassis    38AX  1238 registration date  18.2.38 Originally exported.
DDU 397    chassis    38AX  1211   registration date 18.3.38 Exported to India. No further info.
DFJ 762    chassis     38AX 1205   registration date 27.1.38 Last known  early 1960s.
DHO 776    chassis    38AX  1032 registration date  23.3.39 Note late regn. date. Last known Sussex 1987.
DHP 726    chassis    38AX 1262 registration date  1.4.38 Last known mid-'60s. Suppld. N Wales distribr.
DHP 730    chassis    38AX 1216 registration date  27. 4.38 Supplied to Mr Manin, Guildford. Exported?
DLJ 786    chassis    38AX 1022 registration date  26.11.37 Supplied to Southampton distributor. Last known 1961. Conflicting  regn date (25.10.37?).
DON 735    chassis    38AX ?  registration date     12.37  Last known 1973 Yorkshire. Poss. still exists as DON 755
DPX 84    chassis     38AX ?  registration date       1.38 Broken 1960s.
DRW 154    chassis    38AX 1311  registration date       19.8.18 Last Big4 reg'd by Riley. Last known late '50s.
DRW I56    chassis    38AX 1110  registration date       11.7.38 Supp'd to J Sumner, Coventry. No further info.
DXJ 44*    chassis    38AX 1012  registration date      11.37 .           16/4  engine
DZ 4999    chassis    38AX 1127   registration date       2.12.37  Under long term restoration in N.Ireland. Registration date suspect, possibly too early.
EAF 595    chassis    38AX  ?    registration date       2.38 Last known late 1950s Warwickshire.
EF 66-14    chassis    38AX 1178  registration date       19.l.38 Broken mid 1950s.
EHP 322    chassis    38AX 1109  registration date       l5.4.39 Late regn. date. Last known Middx. early'60s.
EHT 955    chassis    38AX 1072   registration date       24.11.37 No further information.
EHW 20*     chassis    38AX 1212 ; Historic special Converted to a pick up 1950's later to a car 1960's
ELP 79    chassis    38AX 1099   registration date      11.12.37 Australia 1980s.
EMA 890    chassis    38AX  ?    registration date       12.37 Last known early 1950s.
ENA 152    chassis    38AX 10411   registration date     1.37 No further information.
EOB 622    chassis    38AX 1110   registration date     5. 4.38 No further information.
EOC 91*     chassis    38AX1284   registration date     4. 5.38       16/4    Ex Gardner-Powell
EOH 357    chassis    38AX 1308   registration date    12.8.38 Last info late 1950s Surrey.
ERB 358    chassis    38AX   ?    registration date       3.38 No further information.
EYM 7*    chassis    38AX 1009  registration date       2.18 Earliest known Big Four survivor. Possibly demonstrator.   16/4),
EYO 126    chassis    38AX 10601  registration date         . 9.38Last known mid-1960s Sussex. FAE 279    chassis    38AX 1296   registration date    15.38 Ex-Jones Special built 1970s'
EYO 129    chassis    38AX 106??  registration date   last seen 1955 ex Philip Norman bought 1939
FKE 597    chassis    38AX 1304   registration date    17.6.38 Holland 1990's
FPU 948    chassis    38AX   ?    registration date       19.11.37 No further informationFTN 562    chassis    38AX 1170  registration date    22. 1.38 Last known early 1960s Lancs'
FUG 521    chassis    38AX   ?    registration date       16.2.38 Motor Sport 10/53. Poss broken mid-1960s'
FVK 808    chassis    38AX 1166  registration date    4.38 Possibly converted mid-1980s to Special'
FVT 59*      chassis    38AX123* (was 1119?) registration date      3.5.38    ex Mazjub Damaged body converted to Special mid 1980s'
FZ 2050    chassis    38AX   ?    registration date       6.18 N.lreland. No further info' Believed broken
GDP 999    chassis    38AX   ?    registration date       ? Last known 1961 Hants
GMX 638    chassis    38AX   ?    registration date       11.37 Last known 1969 Wales
GPD 863    chassis    38AX 1059 registration date      3.3.38 Last known 1962/3. Ref Riley Reg' Bull 165
GPG 522    chassis    38AX   ?    registration date       5.38 Last known 1958 Bucks
GPJ 8OO    chassis    38AX   ?    registration date       6.18 Possibly Mrs V Leverett 1939
JK 7353    chassis    38AX l02l  registration date    12.37 Ex Haviland Trust Collection
TGB 569    chassis    38AX 1256  registration date    1.1.38 Special 1990s. Re-registered 1950s? Glasgow
VV 7021    chassis    38AX 1l76  registration date    1.5.38 Last known Northants l96l
UD 9633    chassis    38AX 1292  registration date    27.8.38 Mechanical parts only for sale in Riley Record July/Aug 1999
   chassis    38AX 1002
   chassis    38AX 1003
   chassis    38AX 1015
   chassis    38AX 1017
   chassis   38AX 1029
   chassis    38AX 1063
   chassis    38AX 1098
   chassis    38AX 1099  "Fergie" Alive and well being rebuilt in Australia
   chassis    38AX 1l06
   chassis    38AX 1152
   chassis    38AX 1159
   chassis    38AX 1162 in New Zealand
   chassis    38AX 1189
CB 1938   chassis    38AX 12362   registration date    5.38 South African regn. no, Now in Bourton-on-Water Museum, Cotswolds, England
ND 66177   chassis    38AX 1273   registration date South African registration no' One owner until mid-l990s

MOTOR DICTA, By H. E. SYMONS.

Once in a while one comes across a car that is absolutely out standing in its class. Such a one is the new 16-h.p. Riley, a four-cylinder job that is sweeter-running than most "sixes" and has a performance comparable with that of a car of far higher horse-power. Not only does the saloon model-- a much bigger and roomier vehicle, somehow, than it looks-- reach a speed of well over 80 m.p.h. in an astonishingly short time, but it cruises quite effortlessly at such speeds. This is due, principally, to the unique feature of an overdrive," which gives an additional top gear so high as 33 to 1.

The 16-h.p. Riley is the only small car to have the overdrive, an innovation introduced into this country, if I remember rightly, by Chrysler. Like the American design, the Riley has overdrive on top gear and also on second. This extra gear comes in quite automatically at speeds above about 45 m.p.h. on top. All that one has to do is to lift the foot from the accelerator, pause for a second or two, and then accelerate again. If the speed drops below 35 m.p.h. or so, the normal top of 5'5 to 1 comes in automatically the moment the accelerator pedal is released. In practice, this means that one may be travelling along an arterial road at 80 m.p.h. on the overdrive with the engine running sweetly at only about 3000 r.p.m. On slowing for a roundabout the change-down to the lower top gear is effected without any effort on the part of the driver, and in complete silence, so that when he accelerates again coming out of the turn the car gathers speed amazingly fast.

As the overdrive does not come in again until the driver slacks back on the accelerator pedal, it is possible to get up to, say, 70 m.p.h. on the ordinary top gear by keeping one's foot hard down. The car thus has a most exhilarating per formance, especially as its capabilities on top gear are in any case quite remarkable. Much of the pleasure to be had from driving this new Riley is due to the superb way in which it handles. It has the rock steady feeling of a Grand Prix-class racing car, with high-geared steering that inspires the utmost confidence at the highest speeds of which it is capable. Although the road-holding is so much better thann the average the suspension is not in the least harsh. I do not thinks I have ever driven a car in this price class with such a combination of soft springing and outstanding road worthiness. In some ways the Riley siteen may be considered a revival of thse splendid four-cylinder, two litre cars, mostly  of Continental origin, of a few years ago. The makers have, however, gone one better by putting an engine of nearly two a and a half litres capacity into a fairly light, though extremely rigid, chassis. The 'Silken Torque' rubber engine-mounting eveolved by the Riley Company ensures that the power-unit is entirely insulated from the frame and no vibration whatsoever reaches the body. Torque reaction stabilisers attached to the top and bottom of the engine prevent excessive engine movement.

As the gear-box gives three forward speeds and  easy changing on top and second, there is no difficulty in using any one of five speeds which with the overdrive, are available.The clutch, of the single plate type with a cushioned centre, gives a particularly smooth engagement. The transmission as a whole has been very well worked out and has no backlash or other unpleasant characteristics. The brakes are mechanically operated, work in very large drums, and provide dead even pulling-up. The bodywork is well finished inside and out.There is ample luggage accomodation in all types of body, the rear passengers sit well forward of the back axle, and the centre of gravity of the car as a whole is decicely low. The price of the 16hp Riley Adelphi saloon is £405 and one only has to drive the car to realise that it is worth the money. Dunlop tyres and Triplex glass are standard and the annual tax is £12.  from The Sketch - Wednesday 23 March 1938



from the Illustrated London News 1936




1936 Riley Adelphi © CLIFF JONES PHOTOGRAPHY



1937 Riley Adelphi 12/4 6-Light Saloon © CLIFF JONES PHOTOGRAPHY

Cars with a Personality The Six-Cylinder Riley "Adelphi": By The Earl of Cardigan

It is probable that the Riley is best known to motorists at large for its sporting, or semi-sporting qualities. It would be a mistake, however, to infer from this that there is any lack of less inspiring, but more homely characteristics. A Riley model such as the six-cylinder "Adelphi" is, on the contrary, a car of unusual comfort, with seating accommodation designed on a generous scale.

For 1936, the six-cylinder chassis has been made both longer and wider than before. Full advantage has been taken of the additional coachwork space, so that it is now possible for five people to be carried, with ample leg-room and elbow-room for all. The Adelphi," moreover, is a six- light saloon, so that the back-seat passengers enjoy excellent visibility. The quarter-light windows are hinged, and thus provide ventilation without a direct draught.

In spite of these larger dimensions, the performance of the Riley Six is at least as good as ever which is saying quite  The six-cylinder Riley Adelphi is a car of very good dimensions. It is interesting to note that, although the body space is ample, the radiator does not project over the front axle, and there is no doubt that the car's lines," as a result of this, are more than ordinarily pleasing   a lot. The overhead-valve engine is rated at 14.2 h.p., and does its work with admir able smoothness. In particular, it is very good at the higher speeds, when it betrays absolutely no sign of being overworked, but runs very much like the traditional dynamo.

The maximum speed is a good 70 m.p.h., with approximately 55 m.p.h. available in third gear. The top- gear cruising speed is anything up to 60 m.p.h., and through out this range there is plenty of acceleration. The transmission is interesting, for there is a pre-selective gearbox and an automatic friction clutch. The latter, except for gear-changing purposes, does not require to be touched. It engages itself as soon as the engine is slightly accelerated, and disengages itself when the car is slowed down to the equivalent of tick-over speed. Thus it prevents the driver from ever stall ing his engine accidentally, and enables the car to move off, if so desired, either in top-gear or any other ratio.

Road-holding as with every Riley, is particularly good. The springing may be a trifle hard at low speeds, but this is emphatically a fault on the right side. At anything over 20 m.p.h., the car rides perfectly, and is as steady as a rock. The steering is no less excellent, so that the driver can at all times enjoy a sense of perfect confidence.

The four-wheel brakes are of the mechanical type, and can be used firmly without becoming disagreeably fierce in their action. There is an automatic system of lubrication, and this is actuated by the engine, so that it functions at all times when the car is in use. If I may misquote, it may be held that you cannot please all the people all the time. This Riley, however, should go far towards pleasing almost every type of motorist the expert the novice even the shameless utilitarian. The price, with full equipment, is £380, which should be considered very reasonable. from The Bystander - Wednesday 29 July 1936



The gears are of the pre-selective type, and the lever is fitted just underneath the steering wheel, where it can be manipulated by a touch of the finger. The clutch operates automatically



There is a luggage boot at the back, which will hold a useful quantity of baggage. Under this again the battery is stowed, where it is quite accessible for periodical attention



Now for real anorak Riley stuff. . . Rileys Adelphi in  Films and TV.
1936 Riley 12/4 Adelphi in The Singing Street, 1952 * = in background
1938 Riley 16/4 Adelphi in Brum, 1991-2002 *