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Launched in 1932 Riley Gamecock used an updated version Stanley Riley’s Nine chassis the ‘Plus Ultra’. They had made it considerably stiffer than previously and dropped the seating position, creating more room inside. Due to the sporting nature of the chassis, the two-seater sports tourer (Gamecock) was launched. Sold as two-seat aluminium bodied sports tourer with a boot, adjustable pneumatic seats, leg and arm room . Powered by Percy Riley’s 1,087cc twin-cam four cylinder engine, coupled to four-speed manual transmission often sold with a Brooklands remote, it could achieve almost 70mph (downhill, tunnel etc)
The Gamecock remained in production until 1934 amounting to less than 750 cars.
'Reputed to have been named after the RAF’s Gloster Gamecock fighter plane, this sporting two seater Riley Gamecock made its debut at the 1931 Olympia Motor Show as part of the new range of models for the 1932' season pic from Robin Lawton
601702* photograph from Alex Green
The ex works Gamecock photograph from Alex Green
Non Uk cars are listed where known by their Uk registration number as anyone working within the military or civil service could take their vehicles pre war meaning many vehicles spread throughout the world in addition to exports. The last chassis and registration number is replaced with an *asterisk but known to the clubs .There will be others in other clubs and countries please click + email info
YY ( a possible Monaco conversion) photograph from Alex Green
photograph from Alex Green
Riley Gamecock links :-
1932 Riley Gamecock sold by Bonhams as always extensive photographs click here
MPL . . . site selling copies of vintage pics click here for a nostalgia moment
Flickr photo site good except for the odd 1934 Gamecock ? click here
'OV' at Bicester photograph from Alex Green
Original Newspaper articles:-
CARS with a Personality No. 1. The Riley Nine Gamecock A new Series compiled for The Bystander by The Earl of Cardigan IT may be merely my imagination, but a brief run in the Riley Game cock" leaves me with the impression of a definite personality behind this car. It was, I feel, designed by one man-- an individual of reasonable stature, and one who likes to combine fresh air and high speeds with personal comfort. I say of reasonable stature," because many sports cars seem to be designed by and for dwarfs of five feet and under. In this case, however, the six-foot driver will find absolute comfort, with all the controls coming readily to hand, even when the seat is pushed well back. Except that the left foot is not well catered for, the driving position is a model of intelligent planning.
Similarly, throughout the car, beauty of line (a recognised Riley characteristic) is carefully combined with the maximum convenience. The luggage boot, for instance, can be closed and locked with four suit-cases inside it. This, I think, more than compensates for the absence of the conventional dickev-seat, which is always uncom fortable and seldom put to its intended use. Minor good points are innumerable, but the all-weather side-screens deserve a mention. These are neatly hinged for signalling purposes, and, when inserted in their slots, can be made absolutely tight and rattle-free by a half-turn on a couple of thumb-screws.
As for performance, it is often difficult, in judging this, to remember that one is dealing with a car of only 9 h.p. It is not mere speed that is so impressive, but rather the manner in which this speed is produced. It is, for instance, probably quite easy to make a 9-h.p. sports model do its 70 m.p.h. What is difficult, and therefore all the more to be appreciated, is to make it cruise at 50 m.p.h. with the same easiness and lack of effort that one expects from 15 or 20 h.p. It is this high cruising speed, combined with vigorous power on hills, that makes a long run enjoyable and free Irom strain.
The little engine does its work at all speeds with remarkable efficiency and willingness. Twin carburettors, special pistons, and a wide range of ignition control ensure flexible running at low speeds, rapid acceleration, and smooth, silent running at higher speeds. The clutch could be improved if a rather longer pedal permitted of more gradual engagement, but the gear-box is altogether admirable. Second gear may be used as soon as the car is in motion, and third gear, which is of the constant-mesh type, is dead silent, very easy to engage, and has a range extending from a walking pace up to 45 m.p.h. Excellent also are the brakes, which, though powerful, are never fierce.
Finally, the Gamecock sits
down upon the road exceptionally well a point which is of
great importance where fairly high speeds are
contemplated. This is due partly to steering, which is
light and definite, but more to the general good balance
of the car. In saying that I myself would be glad to own
one, I pay this Riley model a compliment which is sincere
and well deserved. from The Bystander - Wednesday 04
Above On fine days the windscreen can be lowered flush with the scuttle, and in three minutes complete all weather protection is available/ 1932
A NEW RILEY The 9-h.p. Gamecock, a fast sports two-seater of very attractive lines listed at £298.
She should rival the popularity of the famous Riley nine saloon from The Sphere - Saturday 19 September 1931
from the Bystander August
14th 1934 - ADU28 survives
1932 Riley Gamecock x 2 © CLIFF JONES PHOTOGRAPHY