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Riley Lincock

The Riley Lincock was a Coupe first sold in October 1932 which with the ‘Special Series’ twin carburettor engine was originally  £315.. Described in the period advertisement as “...An intimate car for two, speedy, luxuriously equipped and roomy, it is light to handle and its exceptionally low build ensures safety in all conditions..” using the underslung chassis to produce a sleek and low design. It sold reasonably well on the nine chassis, but  was also available on the larger 12/6 and 14/6 chassis unfortunately none of the models sold in any quantity.

Inside the 'intimate cab'  driver and passenger were squished together on a narrow bench seat, with a divided rear window. The boot was only accessible from the top outside,  with the sloping tail of the car being a fixed panel  housing the spare wheel. This left a boot designed for an origami expert to fold things into. Approximately  300 examples on the 9 chassis were sold  within 2 years. It is the one model to fail the Tesco test ie reversing out of a supermarket on a busy afternoon as at least on the Riley Lynx the hood went down and you can reverse easily when dry. It was the first pre war I went to buy and after sitting in it bought a 12/4 Falcon with ends knocking from the same seller as I was the wrong size for a Lincock

 Engine 9hp 4 cyl ohv; Bore 60.3 stroke 95.2; compression 5.2:1;  Engine Capacity 1087 cc 42bhp at 3600rpm; Carbs Zenith;  4-speed gearbox with top gear ratio 5.2:1; Suspension Semi-elliptic springs ;  Wheelbase 9'/2730mm Track 3'11"/1180mm;  Length / width: various body types and variations were available to order;  Tyres 27x4.40; Weight 17cwt 

9hp ( chassis numbers between 6019000 - 6019799) 1933 Lincock Fixed Head Coupe @ £298

9hp ( chassis numbers between 6022601 - 6027000) 1933  Lincock Fixed Head Coupe @ £298

 44T was the  1933 'short chassis'  6/12 Lincock Fixed Head Coupe @ £338  The 6/14 @ £365 

44T on the 1934 was the Lincock Fixed Head Coupe @ £348 The special series was + £60, Preselector  gearbox was avaialable for the 1934 cars @ + £27 ( money well spent there)

*Limited car data is included here to allow checking if a real car ie started life as a Lincock, still an Lincock from club data. As not a Riley  motor club member only from the Riley register and part masked for security. Any car may be checked by the clubs and if a member often extensive history is known.**

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

1932 Lincock When new at the 1932 Olympia Motor Show usefully showing the lifting door Rare expensive photograph " Woman in a sports car at the Olympia Motor Show, 1932. A photograph of a woman in a Riley Lincock sports coupe at the Motor Show in Olympia, London, taken by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald newspaper on 12 October, 1932. This Riley sports car cost £338. . . . . .This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers. (Photo by Daily Herald Archive/SSPL/Getty Images)" The prints are actually owned by the Science museum and sold under licence by Getty so maybe ask them nicely as they charge £20 not £370 !

Remaining Known Riley Lincock cars :-18 + 


1933 Riley Lincock 9 © CLIFF JONES PHOTOGRAPHY

Original Newspaper Articles:-

The new Riley Lincock model has the automatic trap doors in the roof, which open upwards with the opening of the doors, thus facilitating exit and entry which can  be had as an extra at £5. A six-light coachbuilt saloon is listed at £l60, and a fabric model can be obtained for £155. Saloons on the short chassis are: Coachbuilt, £150; fabric, £135 Tourer and two-seater the long chassis are £l50. The tax on these cars is only £7, and they are most economical to run. car performance. The " 95" exhibited is blue with black wheels and blue line. At £595 in complete form, the 95 " is really good value. On the same stand is a 9 b.p. Riley Monaco saloon at £298. It is one of the most fully equipped cars seen. from Edinburgh Evening News - Monday 14 November 1932

Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News - Saturday 22 October 1932

CARS with a Personality The New Six -Twelve Riley By The Earl of Cardigan

There are, I think, two tests which should be applied to a car such as the new Riley "six-twelve." It should be scrutinised, first, for its merits as a car, and, secondly, for its qualifications as a Riley. When a car has acquired a certain reputation, it is not enough for it to be merely an efficient vehicle it must possess additional, often more or less indefinite, qualities, such as to give it that individuality which the keen motorist prizes so highly.

To take the latter consideration first, it does not take two minutes to discover that this new Six-Twelve is indeed a Riley of the genuine type. In appearance, for instance, it inherits all the family good looks. It has delightfully graceful and well-balanced lines," and strictly avoids the very common fault, where small cars are concerned, of appearing over-bodied."

Closer inspection, however, reveals that the coachwork is admirably roomy. The driving position is very comfortable, and there is genuine space for four large, long-legged people. A practical note is struck by the capacious luggage locker, which has the advantage of being unusually accessible.

On the road, it is at once apparent that the engine is a very lively one, singularly free from fussiness," and capable of running at high speeds without any trace of discomfort. One notices also, with pleasure, the typical silent third-gear ratio. This is very easy to engage, and can be used most effectively wherever additional acceleration is required.

To turn to the practical details of the chassis, overhead valves are em ployed in a small six-cylinder engine of 12 h.p. precisely. The coil ignition covers a wide range of advance and retard, and should be manipulated accordingly. The gear-box provides tour forward speeds, and the excellent system is used of marking on the speedometer the desirable maximum speed in each gear.

Thus, the driver can see at a glance that he should do about 14, 23, 40 and 65 m.p.h. in first, second, third and top gear respectively. These speeds do not represent the absolute maximum, which is, on the average, about 5 m.p.h. in excess of these figures. They represent, which is far more useful, the maximum effective cruising speeds.

The steering is very pleasant, and the car, being well balanced and low built, holds the road extremely well.

The brakes are thoroughly efficient, and should always remain so. The means is provided for the driver to adjust both hand and foot brake without ever moving from his seat, so that this can be done even when the car is running. On the Six-Twelve chassis, various types of coachwork are listed, the prices in each case being rather less than £350. Thus moderate first cost is one of this new Riley's attractions. from the Bystander Wednesday 01 February 1933

"No firm has mastered more effectively the art of building a small car which is both comfortable and exception ally attractive in appearance than the deservedly successful Riley Company. So low is the build that running-boards might be dispensed with"

"The luggage locker is remarkable, in that it definitely adds to the car's attractive appearance, while at the same time being very capacious and more than usually accessible"

"The driving position is very comfortable, and there is a useful cubby hole on either side of the grouped instruments. The operating mechanism of the windscreen should be noted. This is highly ingenious, and thoroughly effective"

Nice advert showing the rear for a change