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In the early motoring days the process of acquiring a new vehicle was complex and heavily taxed To evade import duties and tax rolling chassis provided the basis for different scenarios to deliver to the customer only the rolling chassis, comprising: chassis, drivetrain (engine, gearbox, differential, axles, wheels), suspension, steering system and radiator. Subsequently the customer located a coachbuilder, to fit the rolling chassis, many coachbuilders ordered or were assigned a series of chassis, on which basis to design and manufacture new coachwork. Riley sold rolling chassis to all parts of the world especially to the old 'empire' to be bodied by local firms which would be taxed as 'parts'.
Swiss 2 post 1945 Reinbolt & Christe'
Netherlands post 1945 Verheul Carrosseriefabriek
Italian post 1945 'Bertone'; Stabilimenti Farina; Stanguellini;
Australia post 1945 Head Brothers
Australia post 1945 RM Conversions
The largest portion pre war seem to have gone to
Australia and have been researched and
photographed by a member there .The Australian pages are
all credited mainly to David P Trunfull ( plus extra
online research ) and shared here with grateful thanks
without his input all this information would be lost:-
Because World War 1 demonstrated Australia’s deficiency in manufacturing, The Australian Federal Government in 1917, imposed a punitive tariff on fully up built cars in order to encourage the establishment of a viable motor industry. Therefore, between The Wars most cars, including Rileys, were imported into Australia in chassis form, and were bodied by coach-builders in each State.
Some of these coach-building concerns were well equipped, and did in fact contribute to Australia’s effort in WWII, while others were quite small. The bodies commissioned by the Authorised Riley Distributors were generally in the style of the English bodied cars, but some are quite different. My research has discovered that some of these cars were marketed and sold with the following Riley model names, Alpine, Gamecock, and Monaco. I once had the opinion that only cars that had bodies built by Riley, or had bodies commissioned by them, could be called by these names. However, my opinion is now not as certain, as Riley sold the cars in an unfinished form and as we will probably never know whether Riley knew, or condoned, that the model names were being used by their Distributors.
We do not know who built the bodies on some of the cars, but the following coach-builders are known to have built bodies on Rileys. Downing Bros. (Qld.), Smith and Waddington. (N.S.W.), Diskon & Molyneux (N.S.W.), Martin and King (Vic.), James Flood (Vic.), Elite Motor Body Works (Vic.), Corporate Motor Body Works (Vic.). Damyon Bros. (Vic.), Domain Body Works (Vic.),United Motor Body. (Vic.) Melbourne Motor Body Works (Vic.) Regal Motor Body Works (Vic.), Ruskin Motor Body Works. (Vic), Geelong Motor Bodies (Vic.)T.J. Richards (S.A.), Spencers Body Works (S.A.) and Bolton’s (W.A.) There are likely to be many more. Some that are shown with links will have specific pages images to base of page to allow more detailed images. page 1 Riley Saloons & Coupes page 2 Riley Two Seaters page 3 Riley Tourers page 4 Riley Gamecock Le Mans Sports Tourers
Further reading :-The Story of Australian Motoring: The Complete History of Motoring, from the First Horseless Carriages to Our Cars of Today Front Cover Keith Winser Fortnightly Motor Manual, 1955 . . . 319 pages
John Dunn ‘Comeng: A History of Commonwealth Engineering Vo1 1: 1921-1955’,
*Melbourne Motor Body Works (est. 1903) later named
Ruskin Motor Body Works in 1948, and eventually The
British Motor Corporation Pty Ltd (BMC). No Riley cars or
images yet survive or have been found but were made.