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Gamecock

Launched in 1932 Riley Gamecock used  an updated version Stanley Riley’s Nine chassis  the ‘Plus Ultra’. They had made it considerably stiffer than previously and dropped the seating position,  creating more room inside. Due to the sporting nature of the chassis, the two-seater sports tourer (Gamecock) was launched. Sold as   two-seat aluminium bodied sports tourer with a  boot,  adjustable  pneumatic seats,  leg and arm room . Powered by Percy Riley’s 1,087cc twin-cam four cylinder engine, coupled to four-speed manual transmission often sold with a Brooklands remote, it could achieve almost 70mph (downhill, tunnel etc)

The Gamecock remained in production until 1934 amounting to less than 750 cars.


'Reputed to have been named after the RAF’s Gloster Gamecock fighter plane, this sporting two seater Riley Gamecock made its debut at the 1931 Olympia Motor Show as part of the new range of models for the 1932' season pic from Robin Lawton

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


601702*  photograph  from Alex Green

Remaining Known Riley Gamecock cars :- LOTS 60+

from Membership lists, Styles etc Know to exist are in bold type other may exist in barns or other countries

1931 cars:- SV  422*  Chassis number 601118*,

1932 cars :-   

AG 7576   chassis    601677*  
AUN 169   chassis    6011594    missing  but known  in 1982
AV 543*   chassis    6018151
AWA 85*/VC 911*   chassis    601632*            
AZ 915*   chassis    6016161  IN IRELAND        
AZ 9504    chassis    601670*    
BVW 73*   chassis    602717*       
CA 53646*   chassis    601642*    
CG 555    chassis    6016326      
CG 75*   chassis    601658*    
CG 104*   chassis    601652*    
CV 623*   chassis    60157*      
DG 4925   chassis    601787*   
DG 508*   chassis    601816*            
DK 807*   chassis    6015538         
DT 353*   chassis    6016138     
EG 28*   chassis    601647*     
EV 621*   chassis    601819*    
GJ 2484    chassis    601805*    
GT 339*    chassis    601533*     
GW 322*   chassis    6016256    
GW 538*   chassis    601656*      
GW 380*   chassis    601635* conflict as 6015746 in Styles in 1982   
GW 622*   chassis    601610*
GW 9630    chassis    6016675    missing  but known  in 1982    
GX 128*   chassis    6015924 
GX 17    chassis    6016735      missing  but known  in 1982
GX 284*    chassis    6016325    
GX 316*    chassis    601612*    
GX 822*    chassis    601728* 
GX 9572    chassis    6017131  missing  but known  in 1982
GX 990*    chassis    601784*  
GY 257   chassis    6017583  missing  but known  in 1982
GY 63    chassis    601803* Riley works car       
HF  809*   chassis    601703*     
HY 360*    chassis    6016152      
HY 405*   chassis    601527*      
JF 3589    chassis    6018163      
JO 646*    chassis    601511*   
JU 51   chassis    6016238     
JU 84*    chassis    6017912     
JV 1105    chassis    6016308 and also here,      
KFR *   chassis    601640*    
KJ 866*   chassis    601624*    
KJH 45*/GW 322*    chassis    601772*    
KX 868*    chassis    6017747    
KX 873*     chassis    6017226     
KV 397*   chassis    601503*        
KY 268*    chassis    601581*       
LG 9575   chassis    601673*       
MV 1172   chassis     601574*      
MV 184*   chassis    601601    'Tebbett'    
NVC 90*    chassis    6016730    
OD 1262    chassis    601596*      
OD 185*    chassis    601670*
OJ 891    chassis    6017867      missing  but known  in 1982
OW 176*   chassis    601706*
OY 259*   chassis    601681*      
OJ 41*   chassis    601773*      
OJ 89*   chassis    601786*    
OV 528*   chassis    6015312      
OV 676*   chassis    601577*      
OV 7600   chassis    601619*   'Penguin' 
OY 2596   chassis    6016811 missing  but known  in 1982
PJ 5671   chassis    6017579     missing  but known  in 1982 
PJ 683   chassis    601439*       
PJ 384*    chassis    601581*
PJ 507*    chassis    6016497
RM 8270   chassis    60 15156   missing  but known  in 1982
RX 9753    chassis    6016243      missing  but known  in 1982   
SB 3997    chassis    601712*),,
SY 1729    chassis    6018058      missing  but known  in 1982         
TF 837*   chassis    601706*     
TF 7539    chassis    601610*
VC 9116    chassis    6016324    missing  but known  in 1982
VU 763*    chassis    601567*       
WD 346*   chassis    601653*       
WD 413*   chassis    601805*       
WD 350*   chassis    6016564     
WM 724*   chassis    6015810       
WP 150*    chassis    6016242       
VC 9725   chassis    601502* pic when new and below !        
VC 9898   chassis    601550*
VU 7634     chassis    6015673    missing  but known  in 1982
VU 833*    chassis    601557*      
VU 873*    chassis    6016172   
WP150*    chassis    601533*
WP 1589    chassis    6016391   missing  but known  in 1982     
YD 476* /AE 138*    chassis    6017556
YG  797   chassis    6016297     missing  but known  in 1982   
YY 148*    chassis    602522*    
YY 396*    chassis    6016529      
YY  747,      chassis      6016790
   chassis    601702* 

**A few squished Gamecocks became 'specials' and a few Monaco were turned into Gamecocks which with the same chassis  number sequence this becomes a 'check the car history within the clubs ' territory . GY 120*, and KV 397* are ex Monaco and honestly listed as such** + GX 957* 601713 missing  @ present

 The ex works Gamecock  photograph from Alex Green

Non Uk cars are listed where known by their Uk registration number as anyone working within the military or civil service could take their vehicles pre war meaning many vehicles spread throughout the world in addition to exports. The last chassis and registration  number is replaced with an *asterisk but known to the clubs .There will be others in other clubs and countries please click + email info


YY ( a possible Monaco conversion) photograph from Alex Green

photograph from Alex Green

Riley Gamecock links :-

1932 Riley Gamecock sold by Robin as always a straight description and good photographs click here for the video click here

1932 Riley Gamecock sold by Bonhams as always extensive photographs click here

MPL . . . site selling  copies of vintage pics click here for a nostalgia moment

Flickr photo site good except  for the odd 1934 Gamecock ? click here

Rupert the Riley  was David Bowies car (pre the name change from Jones) when living in Beckenham  which now has its own page click here  for his description click here apologies in advance


 'OV' at Bicester photograph from Alex Green

 Original Newspaper articles:-

CARS with a Personality No. 1. The Riley Nine Gamecock A new Series compiled for The Bystander by The Earl of Cardigan IT may be merely my imagination, but a brief run in the Riley Game cock" leaves me with the impression of a definite personality behind this car. It was, I feel, designed by one man-- an individual of reasonable stature, and one who likes to combine fresh air and high speeds with personal comfort. I say of reasonable stature," because many sports cars seem to be designed by and for dwarfs of five feet and under. In this case, however, the six-foot driver will find absolute comfort, with all the controls coming readily to hand, even when the seat is pushed well back. Except that the left foot is not well catered for, the driving position is a model of intelligent planning.

Similarly, throughout the car, beauty of line (a recognised Riley characteristic) is carefully combined with the maximum convenience. The luggage boot, for instance, can be closed and locked with four suit-cases inside it. This, I think, more than compensates for the absence of the conventional dickev-seat, which is always uncom fortable and seldom put to its intended use. Minor good points are innumerable, but the all-weather side-screens deserve a mention. These are neatly hinged for signalling purposes, and, when inserted in their slots, can be made absolutely tight and rattle-free by a half-turn on a couple of thumb-screws.

As for performance, it is often difficult, in judging this, to remember that one is dealing with a car of only 9 h.p. It is not mere speed that is so impressive, but rather the manner in which this speed is produced. It is, for instance, probably quite easy to make a 9-h.p. sports model do its 70 m.p.h. What is difficult, and therefore all the more to be appreciated, is to make it cruise at 50 m.p.h. with the same easiness and lack of effort that one expects from 15 or 20 h.p. It is this high cruising speed, combined with vigorous power on hills, that makes a long run enjoyable and free Irom strain.

The little engine does its work at all speeds with remarkable efficiency and willingness. Twin carburettors, special pistons, and a wide range of ignition control ensure flexible running at low speeds, rapid acceleration, and smooth, silent running at higher speeds. The clutch could be improved if a rather longer pedal permitted of more gradual engagement, but the gear-box is altogether admirable. Second gear may be used as soon as the car is in motion, and third gear, which is of the constant-mesh type, is dead silent, very easy to engage, and has a range extending from a walking pace up to 45 m.p.h. Excellent also are the brakes, which, though powerful, are never fierce.

Finally, the Gamecock sits down upon the road exceptionally well a point which is of great importance where fairly high speeds are contemplated. This is due partly to steering, which is light and definite, but more to the general good balance of the car. In saying that I myself would be glad to own one, I pay this Riley model a compliment which is sincere and well deserved. from The Bystander - Wednesday 04 May 1932



Above On fine days the windscreen can be lowered flush with the scuttle, and in three minutes complete all weather protection is available/ 1932




A NEW RILEY The 9-h.p. Gamecock, a fast sports two-seater of very attractive lines listed at £298.

She should rival the popularity of the famous Riley nine saloon from The Sphere - Saturday 19 September 1931


from the Bystander August 14th 1934 - ADU28 survives



1932 Riley Gamecock x 2  © CLIFF JONES PHOTOGRAPHY