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H.B.H  Riley Shooting Brake / Estate Car

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

H. B. H. (Coachbuilders) Limited -(H. B. H. = Hayward, Biggs & Hill) "In 1947 Alfred Hill (my father) left Park Royal Vehicles, along with two other colleagues (Percy Hayward & Freddy Biggs), to set up a company to design and manufacture caravans. They made several models (please see the Products & Works Pages). My father also modified cars to convert them to "Shooting Brakes. . . . . . . . The Company lasted only a short period and by January 1949 it had closed and my father returned to Park Royal. Percy Hayward joined Duple. I am uncertain as to where Freddy Biggs went as he never remained in contact. . . . . During the H.B.H period my father, being a carpenter by trade, modified some Citroen and Riley cars to shooting brakes. I have no idea as to how many of these vehicles were produced nor whether they were "sold" to individuals or built for other suppliers; but it was clearly a sideline to their caravan building operation. Although they were evidently particularly proud of the vehicle as, unlike the other photographs, these were professionally produced by Charles Darg. The following photographs were taken outside the church of St John The Baptist at the top end of Royal Lane where it joins the Uxbridge Road at Hillingdon" "(Graham Hill"

From a website about Alfred Hill

All pics © from Alfred Hill website

SMF 867 This was a 2.5 litre version using one of the HBH bodies which in 1980 was languishing in the back yard of Gavin Lumsden in Essex. Frame used was ash with ply inserts and an aluminium painted roof. Interesting that they chose to use trafficators as many did not as they hung two sets of doors from a wider pillar. Instruments and dashboard were very early RM many pre war switches etc so most probably a 1947 chassis. Photographs were from Gavin in 1981 when I was doing the main research on the cars. Registration is for Middlesex /London North east and Gavin's notes shows it as being sold by an upmarket London Dealer and sold on, Gavin bought it in the Bottisham area (Cambs) but with no log book from a barn where it had been left, The conundrum now is if it has a 2.5 litre engine and thus a  2.5 chassis but all early ones are accounted for in existing data so somebody somewhere has the wrong figures.

Photos from  © Ros King archives taken by Gavin Lumsden

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