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Riley Redwing . . .One of the first models to bear a name.
"A lithe low-hung sports that responds to every whim, now drifting with the breeze, then racing with the gale. Speed greater than many men dare to use, comfort to the ultimate degree."
Introduced in 1922, Riley's 'Redwing' series was aimed squarely at the sporting motorist with rear wheel drive, a 4 door tourer body style. The 1,498cc 10.8hp side valve engine had an aluminium crankcase with a detachable cast iron block and detachable head with a three-bearing crank. Attached to a four-speed non-synchro gearbox which transferred power to the spiral bevel drive rear axle via an open nickel chrome tubular steel propshaft. Suspension was by semi-elliptic springs all round with Hertford friction dampers, attached to a shortened 9ft version of the touring chassis. Steering was of the worm and full wheel pattern with front brakes only, although from 1925 four-wheel brakes were offered along with Marles-type steering. Wire wheels were standard, shod with 710 x 90 cord tyres.
Guaranteed to be capable of 70mph at 3,500rpm on level ground, the Riley Redwing could safely rev to 4,200rpm so up to 90mph was achievable. Victor Gillow winning the Light Car Handicap in 1924 at 77.5mph and achieving 81.63mph at the August Bank Holiday Meeting in the same year.
1924 Riley 10.8 'Redwing' 4-Seater Sports from Brightwells Auction with a known history
From Cliff Jones @ 2008 Riley Register Rally
HP 9679 ( Chassis number C233* 10.8 side valve), shown above
?* ( 653* side valve),
Riley Redwing Cars1925:-
FG 10* ( 69651* side valve), ;
RW 4326 also shown below,
RW 1925, this is a museum numberplate ie Redwing 1925
Riley Redwing Cars1926:-
?* ( 699* 11.9 side valve),
AYB 88* ( 654*10.8 side valve),
Riley Redwing Cars1928:-
?* ( 683* side valve),
Riley Redwing Cars 1932:-
NX 3315 ( 110* side valve),
Age/data unknown XW
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Age/data unknown GJ 5418
HP 9310 a special made from real bits
Contemporary pic in Traffic
All these images from a pretty original interior 1925 Redwing for sale on ebay
Riley Sidevalve engine