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Riley Redwing . . .One of the first models to bear a name.
"A lithe low-hung sports that responds to every whim, now drifting with the breeze, then racing with the gale. Speed greater than many men dare to use, comfort to the ultimate degree."
Introduced in 1922, Riley's 'Redwing' series was aimed squarely at the sporting motorist with rear wheel drive, a 4 door tourer body style. The 1,498cc 10.8hp side valve engine had an aluminium crankcase with a detachable cast iron block and detachable head with a three-bearing crank. Attached to a four-speed non-synchro gearbox which transferred power to the spiral bevel drive rear axle via an open nickel chrome tubular steel propshaft. Suspension was by semi-elliptic springs all round with Hertford friction dampers, attached to a shortened 9ft version of the touring chassis. Steering was of the worm and full wheel pattern with front brakes only, although from 1925 four-wheel brakes were offered along with Marles-type steering. Wire wheels were standard, shod with 710 x 90 cord tyres.
Guaranteed to be capable of 70mph at 3,500rpm on level ground, the Riley Redwing could safely rev to 4,200rpm so up to 90mph was achievable. Victor Gillow winning the Light Car Handicap in 1924 at 77.5mph and achieving 81.63mph at the August Bank Holiday Meeting in the same year.
1924 Riley 10.8 'Redwing' 4-Seater Sports from Brightwells Auction with a known history