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EVA 626  Riley Shooting Brake / Estate Car

*all estates with sufficient information or photographs will be listed separately*

EVA 626 This rare 1948 Riley RMA estate car was constructed by Vincents of Yeovil in their 'body shop' aka a barn at Court Farm opposite the George Inn at West Coker, Somerset. It was originally towed out of a waterlogged field next to a  stream near Glastonbury in 1965-9 in very poor condition paid £6.10.0 (£6.50) and towed to the leaky barn in West Coker where it stayed for twenty five years drying out and safe. Restoration started in 1990 but had to be lapsed due to cost ( I know that one!)  after I  first saw it and took basic details in 1982. ( apolgies re wrong geographic details originally but done to protect the location of the car as in an insecure barn)

The car as it arrived in 1965

"The design was bought as a set of plans from Hector Dobbs of Southampton and the chassis from Riley. It is standard to the bulkhead and the first eighteen inches of the roof are zinc mesh, the rest being 5 cm wooden slats construction over a 5cm x 5cm frame completely square to the rear. The chassis is standard but all door cills and inner cills are of substantial wooden beams with the body attached with wood screws as is the plywood internal floor. The door internals  and external and side panels are all plywood (actually discovered later to be a compressed sheeting  with a veneer cover).

This car differs from the normal Dobbs/Massey/Godwin pattern body in many ways in that the seats are of slab construction front and rear and are upholstered in cloth with pale green leather trim. The rear of the back seat is covered in ribbed rubber ( most estates are wooden here). Also Vincents obviously forgot to purchase the RM brightwork as the door handles and boot hinges are normal ironmongery ie door hinges of a very slim useless household type. There is an RM interior light further back above the back seat. Exterior there are no rear overriders a steel topped bumper with a 41cm blade and no D lamps but again semaphore indicators were fitted. Steel front bumpers are there plus dumb irons and an early radiator . Chrome bonnet dtrips are painted over and louvred side vents have been fitted. The battery is postioned in the bulkhead. Roof was a type of rexine and there was no sign of a gutter ever being fixed or the more normal vinyl ie Rexine was original" RK

N.B.Pattern although bought from Dobbs is extraordinarily like the Massey ones

The car  as it stayed from 1965 until 1990 all pictures from Hugo Hodge the owner (and hopefully in coherent order)

Arriving home 1992  Roof construction clearly seen and very upright front seats

Original outer door

Rear squab set in green fabric


Fatal !

The real start of the rebuild replacement timbers

Checking the fit

Front screen surround

New frame including original roof slats, bulkhead now fitted


Nearly there !

Clubs in the Uk catering for this model:-

All other countries on the contact page. Due to public liability laws spares can only be sold to current club members. Both clubs have a considerable spare parts supply  so best join at least one to gain information, help, and  information from the experts who have already 'been there' . Cars are also cheaper with known histories sold via the clubs than ebay etc.

Riley Motor Club  for all ages inc pre war cars originally a gents club of owners 

The Riley RM Club  Started in the 70's to cater for the RM's only with large spares department