Riley Tourer

I have amalgamated all early tourers together marks 1-4 plus sidevalves and Monaco. Many are listed without differentiating whether fabric or tin tourer or early Monaco Tourer but when listed as one the numbers show a healthy pattern and often the differences are slight. A few of the remaining drophead coupe as using the same parts are also included as Riley never kept things tidy ( Plus Ultra tourers are here,  Alpine Tourer here )

Links and media :- Robs Page re Chassis numbers click here, for his tourer page click here,  1925 Tourer here, Mk IV here,  Video of 1931 Tourer here, 1929 Tourer with Dickey here,  1928 Mk IV  Fabric tourer here,




1928 Mk III from Robin Lawton now sold


 The first main  engine used in the Riley Tourer body was the 10.8 hp in use since 1918 until about 1924. The 12 hp 11/40 type engine was new in 1925 and was meant to be as powerful as the famous Redwings of the 1920's. The engine continued in production until 1928, when it was replaced by the Riley Six which had a  side valve, four cylinder engine driven through a four speed manual gearbox with cone clutch and semi-floating spiral bevel rear axle.

1924 Side Valve Tourer:-         NH 557*  ( Chassis number 205*10.8 engine )

1925 Side Valve Tourer:- ES 743*  ( Chassis number 343*)   DE LUXE RW 276 (372* De Luxe Tourer),       XW 803* ( 318* )      ??(355* four seater)      ??(358* four seater)

1927 Side Valve Tourer:-     PF 890* ( Chassis number 69148*11.9 engine  Special ? )      YF 596*  ( 69158*11.9 engine  Special ? )        YH 45*  ( 69158* Special ? ) I have included these as historic specials on pre 1930 vehicles

 KD 388*  ( 60294* )  

The 'Four Seater Riley Tourer ' known as the  Mark 1 9 h.p. Tourer sold well for over a year  1926-7 before a revised model was launched. Soon after the car's late 1926 launch, Mark 1 production  was  actually started in 1927 but at Percy's engine factory, due to some resistance in the main works to the new design. Due to  it being such a success  after fewer than a thousand cars had been produced the main works quickly closed down side-valve production and tooled up for the new Nine in early 1928. 

Mark 1 ~Tourer 1927  9 hp :-     ?*  ( Chassis number 6043*) 

Mark 1 ~Tourer 1928  9 hp:-     KO 773*  ( Chassis number 611*),  Drophead Coup√©  EF 376* (Chassis no. 6095*)  sold Bonhams  click here or for Bonhams page click here

The Mark II Riley Tourer . This switch to the main factory coincided with several modernisations of the Mark 1 - the cone clutch was dropped, the gear lever and handbrake were moved from the right to the centre of the car and a Riley steering box was adopted, thus making the car the Mark II.  1929-30

Tourer 1928 9 hp  type not specified:-     HU 821*  (Chassis number 60240* P  Steel Body)    PH 752*  ( 6082*Fabric Body)      RP 633*  ( 602024*)        VP 237*  ( 60222*)      WK 432*  ( 6038*)      YW 631 ( 60145*)      PH 819*  ( 6091*)

Mark 2 ~Tourer 1928 9 hp:-     BB 130*( Chassis number 60196*)        RM 547*  ( 602212*Fabric Body )   WK 489*  ( Chassis number 60104*)      YW 944*  ( 60176* )      YX 838*  ( 60270* )

The Mark III Riley Tourer was a gentle update of the II at the end of 1928, evolving stronger wheels and a different arrangement of rods to the rear brakes so some listed above may be mark three cars.

Mark 3 ~Tourer 1928 9 hp:-  PK 442*  ( Chassis number 60307* )

Mark 3 ~Tourer 1929 9 hp:-      VF 493*  ( Chassis number 60356*) 

Tourer 1929 9 hp type not specified:-     CP 381*  (Chassis number 60627*)     GJ 541*  ( 60664*)      GU 58*  ( 60521* Steel Body)     KR 814*  ( 60581*Fabric Body )      MT 450*  ( 60578*)      MY 132*  ( 60583*two seats)    PG 115*  ( 60580*Fabric Body )      PK 924*  ( 60476*)      UR 269*  ( 60431*)       UV 118*  ( 60583*)        UW 537*  ( 60704*29 9 )        VB 322*  ( 60604*)       VO 158*  ( 60485* )     WJZ 13*  ( 60664* )       1 DIB 54*  ( 60803*  Australian Body )       VG 236*  (  60781*two seats)     YX 806*  ( 60274* + Dickey/Australian body )


1929 Tin Tourer with Dickey @ 2019 Wroxall






  Mark IV Riley Tourer 1929-1930:- The  tourer was available with an all-steel body in place of the fabric covered model of previous years. However, some fabric bodies still seem to have been produced on the latest MkIV chassis. The Mark IV was a thorough re-working of the Nine using heavier Riley-made 6-stud hubs and axles replacing the bought-in five-stud items. A new cable braking system was introduced with larger drums and   fitted using the Riley continuous cable system and if the cable stretched it could be adjusted from the driver's seat.Some Riley Monaco 9hp Tourers are also included here.

Monaco Tourer 1929 9 hp:-     TM 596 *  ( Chassis number 60778* )      UN 275*  ( 60490*)      UW 629*  ( 60698* Fabric Body )      VY 103*  ( 60532*)

Mark 4 ~Tourer 1929 9 hp:-        EP 430*  ( Chassis number 60507*)      GE 685*  ( 60628* )     MY 44*  ( 60595*)     RM 643*  ( 606458*)    TSJ 73*  ( 60773*)      WL 667*  ( 4493*)      UU 159*  ( 60518*)

Tourer 1930 9 hp type not specified:-      CV 149*  ( 60831* Redwing body)     DV 308*  ( 60790*)     GF 224*  ( 60912*)      GJ 432*  ( 60684*Fabric Body )     GJ 580*  ( 601020*)       KD 96*  ( 60791*)     PG 716*  ( 1420* 14/6 )      UE 982*  ( 60807*)     UH 846*  ( 60??*)     VR 740*  ( 60972* )       VU 30*  ( 601042*)    ??*  ( 60714*)

1930 MK 4 tourer 9 hp:-      CM 933*  ( Chassis number 60851*)      GJ 120*  ( 60978* )    PG 759*  ( 60926* )       PO 211*  ( 60940*)       PG 360*  ( 60701*)     UY 780*  ( 60958* Fabric Body )

Monaco Tourer 1930 9 hp:-      DS 978*  ( Chassis number 601070*)          HG 20*  ( 601008*)     HW 883*  ( 60698*)      VX 353 *  ( 60803*)

1931 MK 4 tourer 9 hp:-      JV 69*  ( Chassis number 601451* 31 9 MK 4)

1931 tourer:-      AZ 787*  ( 601360*)      JI 489*  ( 602150* )        OG 649*  ( 601116*)    WRU 43*  ( 601141* ) 

1932 tourer 9 hp:-   UG 51*  ( Chassis number 601680*)     GW 964*  ( 601652* 9 PU)    GX 991*  ( 601825*)           EG 77*  ( 602212* )     ??*  ( 601595* 9)   GY 796*  ( 601818* )

Monaco Tourer 1932 9 hp:-    GT 785*  ( 601553*)

1932 MK 4 tourer 9 hp:- JT 1105*  ( 601935* MK 4 MONACO  )

1933 tourer 9 hp:-      CH 203*( 602243*)      WRS 81*( 602252*)       ?*(  602102*) 

 

Walter Gideon who travelled 13,340 trouble free miles from Singapore to London . Article from The Bystander - Wednesday 05 March 1930 sorry non PC caption but it was almost 90 years ago ! Mk iii as 5 studs  ?




from the Bystander October 2nd 1929. Here the gentleman is named and credited 13,340 miles in a 9hp

 Riley Torpedo 9 Tourer



1929 Riley Nine Mk IV 2 seat tourer with dickey seat from Robin Lawton



1930 Mk IV Tourer

1930- 1932 Plus Ultra Tourer For  later 1930, the Tourer 9 was given the new Plus chassis, and also a new all-steel body. This had a small luggage boot added at the rear, with a peaked top, in place of the curved bodywork without a boot of previous models. The front doors were also redesigned, with cutaways for arm rests




1932  Mk IV- Plus Ultra Tourer with boot