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Riley Edinburgh. . . . another a 5-seater limousine ...

None located at present


The new Edinburgh 5-seater  was launched as a 14/6 limousine in 1932  taking the  name from the success in the London - Edinburgh Trials. The  earlier London-Edinburgh Run held in 1925 was a more important event for Riley enthusiasts, because at a dinner given for the Riley competitors and their passengers at the Peebles Hydro Hotel, the Riley Motor Club was founded. 

The Edinburgh helpfully used the  88E chassis designation as did the Winchester. As they are almost identical except for trim and a few bits this then becomes the normal Riley conundrum as with the late remaining San Remo which is a Monaco minus boot plus artillery wheels . As it was available for a two  year span and older references to the Edinburgh as using 88E  to 263  suggests that 263 were constructed but living ones have yet to be found. Also if located sans paperwork unless the cushions/seats are in Edinburgh format it cannot be verified exactly

The car was built in two forms the de-luxe  limousine ( with glass chauffeur divider) or the saloon on the 14/6 chassis with six light coachwork , four doors, and blinds for all winding windows ( except the front two dooors ). Inside it was fitted with  folding tables and folding footrests built into the back of the bench front seats. Upholstered with the normal pneumatic cushions plus velvet  down filled ones, interior lighting plus all bells and whistles for a Jazz Age car. This was reflected in the price which ranged from £365 to £458 plus of course tax and delivery.  The engine spec was for single or triple carburretor on the 12/6  or 9hp Riley engine ( the latter must have ben incredibly gutless !)  For more information  Birmingham p 122-123

Information on a ( once)  existing Edinburgh from Melvyn Gutteridge 2019  " I am sure they only announced the model  and made a few hoping to use up surplus 10' 0'' chassis sets and they are now extinct.  The only one I have ever seen, see photo, was in a scrapyard at Berkeley in Glos. in the 1960s.  The engine had been replaced with a four cylinder Standard and the whole was in derelict condition, and at the time I could not have saved it.  The chassis no. was 88E (to be found eventually) " Pictures included are by Melvyn and are on file larger.


Interesting radiator grille with larger starter handle apperture not quite the same as the similar Deauville and Winchester and also sans sliding sunshine roof which was the main selling point of the Edinbro'



Standard engine fitted

Links in the Media :-

. . . . Riley's displayed their Edinburgh model fitted with the Salerni fluid fly-wheel and free wheel coupling on the six -cylinder chassis and offered it on the other models at an extra charge. Nest year at Olympia, no doubt, all these new transmission systems will be standard equipment and not an 'extra' on the cars. from the Sketch 9 November 1932

Article on the gearing etc click here


pic wanted if any still live pls