1905-7 9hp V twins & Quadricycles
Pic by Margaret Smith
Picture from Coventry Telegraph of the launch of the Percy Replica Voiturette at the transport Museum followed by display at the NEC 2019.
The next move is to assist Warwick University constructing an engine for the 2012 city of culture.
In 1905, a 'proper' 4-wheeled Riley was developed and went into production with one survivor shown below (Registration Number :- BC 8512 Chassis Number:- 740 Engine Number:- 846). This car was a light 2-seater, using the V-twin engine and available with an optional hood. Throughout 1906 and 1907, the cars were successful in many of the events (mainly hill climbs) they entered, winning a large number of them outright, although mainly due to handicapping procedures. The early Riley 9hp V Twins are exceedingly rare and only three are known to survive worldwide - two are in the Gaydon Motor Museum ( AB 1390 9hp. dated 1907 and YU 4031 9hp/12hp dated 1907 also at presently at Gaydon, one is in privately owned) and the third one, chassis number 740, is the vehicle shown when sold at Brooklands in 2014. This Riley 9hp was brought back from New Zealand to the UK in 2009 where it had been meticulously restored over a 30-year period by a previous New Zealand owner, Gary Turner, and was completed in 2004. The chassis number puts the date of manufacture as 1905 which means that it is certainly one of the first such cars ever made, records for Riley cars from this era are patchy to non-existent. This car was originally exported to New Zealand by the Riley Cycle Company is sold by the fourth owner.
1905 Car Data :- 513 cc/15bhp; Single cylinder; Bore /stroke 3 ⅜ and 3½; Chain driven and water cooled; Top speed 55 to 65 kph 34 to 40 mph with those brakes was brave especially for hill climbs converse to up being downhill;Weight 6cwt /304 kilo with a lenth of 10ft 6 inches and width of 3 ft 9 inches; Cost new 85 guineas which would be over £10k in todays money
BC 8512 1905 9hp V twin when sold at Brooklands Historics in 2014
Pics from underneath from when for sale at Brightwells Classics Auctions
AB 1390 on 1907 Riley 9hp 1034cc ( in some places 12hp) V-Twin 2-seat Touring Car. The two years have added various refinements, safer fuel tank better quality bodywork, springing etc . Pic from Gaydon (background removed)
During this period, the success of the cars led the Riley Cycle Company to cease production of bicycles by 1911. However, before this, in late 1907, Riley had decided that a larger more practical car was necessary and the photographs above show how fast the development was having a two year gap between them.
1907 9hp Riley "Colonial" as per anything Riley another version (this one has not survived)
. . . but by
1908 - RILEY CYCLE
CO. The report
of the directors of the Riley Cycle Co., Ltd., to
be presented at the forthcoming annual meting,
stated that the company has suffered in common
with many other companies. owing to the severe
depression in trade, which has seriously affected
the cycle department. The tricar department, in
which large preparations for output had been made
has performed unsatisfactory, sales having
decreased considerably, and a loss thereon has
resulted in consequence. The demand for cars has
been very well maintained and if quicker
deliveries of the larger type of car had been
possible during the early months of the season the
trading results would ham been different. Riley
cars have maintained their high reputation.
emerged most successfully from the important
competitions held during the past year. In order
to fill the undoubtedly increasing demand for
small cars, a new model of 10 h.p. has been
introduced for the 1909 season. The business done
at the recent show was well in excess of that of
the previous year. The director retiring is Mr. B.
Riley, who is eligible and offers himself
for re election. The balance sheet shows that
there is a lose for the year ended September last
of £1468- 10s. -10d. from Coventry Evening
Telegraph - Tuesday 22 December 1908
The Bystander - Wednesday 15 November 1911 advert above