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The Riley MPH is a rare, two-seat sports car made between 1934 and 1935. The chassis used half-elliptic springs and rigid axles front and rear, was based on the car prepared for the 1933 TT races. Side members were positioned under the axle at the rear to keep the height down to as low as possible and the centre of gravity. Large, fifteen-inch drum brakes were used.
The bodywork was mainly aluminium over a traditional wood frame with an aero windscreen that could fold flat to reduce air resistance. Three sizes of the six-cylinder engine was offered, 1458 cc, 1633 cc or 1726 cc all fitted with triple or more usually twin SU carburettors. Engines had the traditional arrangement of twin camshafts mounted high in the crankcase and aluminium alloy connecting rods. The 1726 engine had an output of 56.8 PS at 4800 rpm. Drive was rear wheel through a choice of either four-speed manual "crash" gear box or the ENV pre-selector gearbox supplied by Armstrong Siddeley. Top speed of the 17 hp (1726 cc) engined version was approximately 90 mph. Exact numbers made is not known ( bomb on factory records in WW2), but is believed to be 15 or 16, being expensive at £550 new. Numerous replicas have, however, been constructed fourteen original cars are thought to survive so if offered an 'original one' buy a lottery ticket then check with the club before opening the wallet.
*Not to be confused with the Vincent MPH a modern 'replica' made without harming any real Riley's*
'The Riley MPH' by Robin Cameron from the Riley
Register ridiculously underpriced books full of
facts and pictures on every single car
Riley MPH in the media :- beware sound tracks so drop the volume slightly
KV 6079 in old pics click here
Pebble Beach 1935 MPH shown around by Willem Van Huystee click here
Riley MPH with engine but lacking a tunnel for full effect click here
Live/surviving cars are in bold any more
please tell me ditto specials like CPE with
Chassis number 4/101 KV 5694 Registered June 1933 MPH Number ? prototype pictured here
Chassis number 4/105 KV 6079 Registered June 1933 MPH Number ? prototype Monte Carlo 1936 on dvla as 1933 but no make
Chassis number 44T
Registered 24 Oct 1934
MPH Number 8 see page 98
in Robin Camerons book 14/6 engine and below re
Ivor Halpert and CPE 695
Chassis number 44T 2127 KV 9477 Registered 1 June 1934 MPH Number ? Works racer,2nd in 1934 Le Mans. Ran in 1934 TT, later in re-bodied form in Monte Carlo Rally 1935. Number re allocated to a replica/ re creation p 107 in Robin Camerons book also pictured here
Chassis number 44T 2128 KV 9478 Registered 1 June 1934 MPH Number ? Works racer,3rd in 1934 Le Mans. Works racer. Ran in 1934 TT, later in re-bodied form in Monte Carlo Rally 1935. Number re allocated to a replica/ re creation p 107 in Robin Camerons book also pictured here
Chassis number 44T 2142 KV 9763 Registered 1 June 1934 MPH Number ? Works racer,3rd in 1934 Le Mans. Works racer. Ran in 1934 TT, later in re-bodied form in Monte Carlo Rally 1935. Number re allocated to a replica/ re creation p 107 in Robin Camerons book
Chassis number 44T 2246 ARW 485 Registered 28 Feb 1935 MPH Number 5 Re Registered as COE 354 not on the dvla but meant to be alive
Chassis number 44T 2247 FM 8943 Registered 11 Oct 1934 MPH Number 3 12/6 engine
Chassis number 44T 2248
Registered 34 Aug 1934
MPH Number ? 12/6 engine Monte Carlo
Entry for 1935
Chassis number 44T 2248
Registered Sept 1934
MPH Number 4
Chassis number 44T 2251 AWK 195 Registered 25 March 1935 MPH Number 9 12/6 engine
Chassis number 44T 2252 KY 8909 Registered 7 Jan 1935 MPH Number ?
Chassis number 44T 2255 AOT 855 Registered 19 Nov 1935 MPH Number 7 The Bertelli bodied car 14/6 engine
Chassis number 44T 2252 OW 7925 Registered 11 Dec 1935 MPH Number ? see page 100 onwards in Robin Camerons book duplicate chassis to AOT also pics from when sold click here 15/6 engine
Chassis number 44T 2252 AOL 763 Registered 4 Jan 1935 MPH Number 11 15/6 engine
Chassis number 44T 2257 AHP 203 Registered 30 Nov 1934 MPH Number ? Special bodied Girling-braked Works entrant inl935 Monte Carlo RallY. Wrecked and dismantled.
Chassis number 44T 2258 BLN 39 Registered 18 Dec 1934 MPH Number 10 12/6 engine
Chassis number 44T 2278 FP 2831 Registered 16 Feb 1935 MPH Number ? 15/6 MPH see below for old and now pics
Chassis number 44T 2347 NJ 6180 Registered 1 June 1935 MPH Number 14
Chassis number 44T 2407 AVC 15 Registered May 1935 MPH Number 14 Racing MPH later exported to France.
Chassis number 44T 2415 Swiss Registered Mid 1935 MPH Number 14 from when sold at Bonhams click here
Chassis number 44T 2418 AVC 16 Registered 31 May 1935 Racing MPH re-engined Jul '3 5 with 4 cyl 1½ litre & re-named Sprite.Last Known in S Africa see here
Chassis number 44T 2419 AVC 17 Registered 31 May 1935 Racing MPH re-engined Aug '35 with 4 cyl 1½ litre
Chassis number 44T 2420 AVC 18 Registered May 1935 Reported dismantled Jan'36.
Not sure of 1934 CARS:-, AG 381* ( Chassis number 44T241*15/6),
MPH Historic Replicas ie using original parts and of some age:-
CPE 695 . A well executed replica of the Riley MPH. Built about 30 years ago by the late Ivor Halbert using his genuine MPH ('JH 9506') as a guide, it is based on an original 44T chassis and still carries its original six cylinder 15T engine and its original registration number.
Brightwells:-Ivor Halbert 1916 - 2009 Born in
1916, Ivor Halbert was brought up in an engineering
family and was fascinated by machinery from a very
early age – especially cars, motorbikes and
aeroplanes. Already proficient at making things on a
lathe while still a boy, he began his engineering
apprenticeship at the age of 16 at Llewellyn Gears
in making gears, airscrew hubs and splined shafts
for aero engines and tanks.
After the war he went to work for the Bristol Aeroplane Company and by the early 1950s had acquired his own engineering business, GV Linham Ltd (named in memory of a friend and fellow engineering apprentice who had died in tragic circumstances). Operating from a purpose-built factory in Fishponds and employing some 75 staff, Ivor specialized in making precision components for prototypes and development models in the aviation and automotive sectors. His clients included Bristol Cars, Jaguar, Rotol, BAC, Rolls-Royce, Concorde and the Admiralty, all of whom demanded the very highest standards of engineering excellence.
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
FP 2831 on the 2019 Daffodil Run an excuse for pics of the parts not normally picked out !
And below back in the fifties (?) from the old classic car archive... Riley pics for sale check if your car is there ?
First registered to Mr Noel of Cottesmore House,Oakham, Rutland in the February 1935. John Noel had sadly been killed during the Second World War but was a pre war Le Mans entrant and keen motorsport driver so a car with pedigree.
For more pics and info on the car sold at Bonhams 44T2415 click here or for the original sales site (hopefully still there) click here
NEW RILEY MODEL. An altogether new car known as the
M.P.H. model is announced by the Riley concern. It is
a six-cylinder two-seater car, developed as a result
of experience in racing and record breaking. Built in
the Special Department at the works where ‘so many
history making cars have been made, it is primarily
designed for high speeds and rapid acceleration. As
may be imagined the new model is not a cheap car, but
one rather for the racing and trials enthusiast. It'
is to be offered at £650 with either a 12 h.p. or 14
h.p. engine, and is claimed to be capable of speeds
approaching 90 m.p.h. Leeds Mercury - Friday 22
NEW RILEY MODEL The photograph shows the recently announced new Riley model, known as the MPH.It is a two-seater six cylinder and rapid acceleration. As may be the M.P.H.and has been developed as a result of experience gained by racing and record breaking .It is being built in the special department at the works where many cars which made motoring history have been made.It is primarily designed for high speeds and rapid acceleration. As may be imagined, the new model is not a cheap car, but is rather a car for the connoisseur, and has been developed for the racing and trials enthusiast. It is listed at £550 with either a 12 h.p. or 14 h.p. engine, and is capable of speeds approaching 90 miles per hour Deliveries will begin in three weeks' time. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 06 June 1934
MOTOR DICTA By H. E. SYMONS. LESSONS OF LE MANS.
That astonishing Anglo French contest, the Le Mans twenty-four hour race, this year provided an unprecedented series of British successes. Not for the first time, an English car won the Rudge-Whitworth Cup-- the victory this year going to a couple of French men in a six-cylinder Riley-- while sixteen out of the twenty-three cars which finished were British-made. The Riley success stands alone. Six cars started, six finished. They all qualified to run in next year's final of this year's eliminating race. Never in the stirring story of Le Mans has such an achieve ment previously been recorded. When you come to think of it, the Rileys were really marvellous. The two which finished second and third, in regard to sheer speed, were only beaten by a super charged, eight-cylinder Alfa-Romeo of nearly double the engine size and three or four times the price. They properly saw off three other blown Alfas, a huge 4.9-litre supercharged Bugatti, and an assortment of other fast cars. The Rileys, of course, are not supercharged, and they have six-cylinder engines without overhead camshafts. How did they do it How do they get the stamina to withstand twenty-four hours of gruelling road-racing without the slightest sign of tiring The answer lies, I think, in the P.R." head, a cylinder-top in which the overhead valves are arranged in the same way as in a racing-car engine, with two overhead camshafts and a hemispherical combustion space. On the Riley, however, the drive is sim plified, and dead weight is saved by housing the camshafts one on each side of the crank case and operating the valves through push -rods and rockers. The excellent design of the cylinder-head enables a high compression ratio to be used with out pinking," while the engine is tuned to develop its maximum power at a very high rate of revo lutions. Rileys have considerably lightened their chassis and bodies, so that the new Imp model, on which Miss Champneys put up the best performance of any woman in the race, weighs under 14 cwt. A very fine power- weight ratio is thus obtained, and full use is made of it by providing a Wilson-type self-changing gear, by which instantaneous changes-up are always possible. The brakes, adjustable from the driving seat, are of large diameter, and the road-holding and cornering of the car are beyond reproach. The 1100-c.c. and 1500-c.c. Rileys were lapping the Le Mans course at such high speeds that they excelled the performances put up a few years ago by cars such as the 3-litre and 4 ½-litre Bentleys Sebilleau and Delaroche, on their Riley Twelve," covered 2706 kilometres in the twenty-four hours. In 1928, Babe Barnato and Bernard Rubin covered 2669 kilometres on a 4½-litre Bentley. This shows the progress that has been made in motor-car design in the last six years Even if it be true that the course is faster and easier than it was (which I am inclined to doubt), when the engine sizes of the two cars are taken into account the comparison is, I think, quite fair. As a matter of fact, the biennial cups have only four times been won at higher speeds than that which the Riley averaged so easily. The victors on two occasions were 6 ½-litre Bentleys, while on the other two, supercharged Alfa-Romeos of 2.3-litres capacity took the palm. Before leaving the subject of the Rileys I should like to mention that Miss Dorothy Champneys and Mrs. Petre, who finished thirteenth in the race as a whole, fourth in their class, and were the leading feminine team at the finish, drove Miss Champneys' own Riley Imp," with which she recently won the Ladies' Prize in the Scottish Rally a machine, therefore, that is obviously suitable tor all purposes. Lord de Clifford's car, with which he put up an excellent per formance and qualified for next year's final, was a Rapier Special, I as turned out by Dobson and de Clifford, Ltd., of Staines. Fundamentally a Lagonda, it has a special engine of under 1 100 c.c. (the standard job is just over this mark), and other features which make it eminently suitable for competition work. It averaged over 57 m.p.h., including all stops, for the twenty-four hours. The best performance on formula (which gives the right to try for an award in the final next year) was put up by Roy Eccles's M.G. Magnette," while Aston-Martins and Singers were serious rivals from The Sketch - Wednesday 27 June 1934
Position 2nd Class:- 1½, Number:-27, Team:- United Kingdom Riley Motor Company Ltd. Drivers:-Jean Sébilleau,Georges Delaroche Car:- Riley 6/12 MPH Racing Riley, 1½L I6 Laps:-200
Position 3rd Class:- 1½, Number:-28, Team:- United Kingdom Riley Motor Company Ltd. Drivers:- Freddie Dixon,Cyril Paul, Car:- Riley 6/12 MPH Racing Riley, 1 ½L I6 Laps:-199
Position 5th Class:-1.1, Number:-36 Team:- United Kingdom Riley Motor Company Ltd. Drivers:- Alex van der Becke, Kenneth Peacock, Car:-Riley Brooklands Riley 1.1L I4 Laps:- 195
Position 6th 1.1 Number:- 37 Team:- United Kingdom Riley Motor Company Ltd. Drivers:- Sammy Newsome, Percy Maclure, Car:- Riley Nine Ulster Imp Riley 1.1L I4 Laps:- 195
Position 12th Class:-1.1, Number:- 39 Team:- France Jean Trévoux France Jean Trévoux France René Carriére Car:- Riley Nine Ulster Imp Riley 1.1L I4 Laps:- 174
Position 13th Class:-1.1, Number:- 38 Team:- Miss
Dorothy Champney Drivers:- Dorothy Champney Canada,
Kay Petre Car:- Riley Nine Ulster Imp Riley 1.1L I4
Bonhams Swiss car engine