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Despite becoming part of the Nuffield Organisation in 1938, the Riley models that followed immediately after the Second World War were to remain true to the Riley ethos. Designated 'RM' Series, the new cars were available in 1.5 and 2.5 litre forms the RME being the 1952 one and a half litre saloon .  Styling changes were made in 1952 which included the fitting of full width bumpers and a larger rear windscreen, as well as some improvements to the cars mechanical side such as fully hydraulic brakes. From this point the 1½ litre car was dubbed RME and the 2½ litre car RMF. In 1953 the 2½ litre ended production when it was replaced by the Pathfinder, but the 1½ litre  RME continued to be made until March 1955 with later ones having spats rather than running boards and square dashboard  format.
Engine: 1,496cc, four-cylinder. Top speed: 80mph. 0-60mph: 25.1sec. Economy: 26mpg

For the RM  manual click here  Hosted by Riley's in western Australia or here

Production Figures :-

1952  RMA  / RME  831 UK; 148 RHD export; 63 LHD export;  (1050 total ) ~ Chassis numbers 42S 19986 to 21035, Changed to RME at 42S 20505

1953 RME   721 UK; 59 RHD export; 39 LHD export;  (819 total ) ~ Chassis numbers RME 21036 to 21854

1953 RME   241 UK; 77 RHD export; 2 LHD export;  (320 total ) ~ Chassis numbers RME 21855 to 22174 'Spatted Model'

1954 RME   1621 UK; 93 RHD export; 9 LHD export;  (1747 total ) ~ Chassis numbers RME 22175 to 23921

1955 RME   28 UK; 1 RHD export; 0 LHD export;  (29 total ) ~ Chassis numbers RME 23922 to 23950

Total  Production RMA 10504  RME 3446

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This one of the traditional British cars that has lasted a long time with occasional modifications and has yet retained much favour. I have said before that Riley cars have a feel of their own and that many owners merely change from Riley to Riley and will have nothing else. This present version still has the general outline of small Rileys of even the years before the war, but that does not detract from the good looks of the car. The running-boards have gone, making access much easier, and the rear wheels are spat-covered, so that the car keeps pretty clean even doing several hundred miles in this dreadful weather. How nice it is to sit in a car that has fine upholstery and a walnut facia panel and window fillets These coloured metal ones are all very well, but the quality finish and style of this Riley interior do give one the comfort and luxury appearance that make for pride of ownership. The whole car is, as always with Rileys, low in line, and the feeling of safety adds to the joy of quick motoring. The only snag is that the wells, in which rear passengers' feet are snugly placed, are the dickens to clean out. On the road, the performance is compatible with a good 1½ litre engine, with a cruising speed of around 60 m.p.h. And high average speeds can be put up without any wearing effect on driver or passengers. The gear lever, short and handy through the centre of the floor, is smooth and sweet in operation. But I found the clutch a little tiresome in that the travel was long and the space allowed not over-generous. My foot (not over-large, I assure you) could hardly squeeze past between brake-pedal and the carpet-covered casing over the clutch housing. More room there would be a help. The suspension is splendid the Riley Torsionic a good ride at all speeds combined with stability on fast corners. I often think that passengers are good critics of cars, because while the driver may well be pleased with a car's performance and handling, his passengers are being thrown about and jolted to pieces. With this little Riley I took a full complement some 350 miles in one day, and everyone was comfortable and content and enjoyed the ride. To my mind, that is a real test of a car. There is an ample luggage-boot, and the spare wheel is carried in a compart ment below the floor, and is readily accessible without bother. The fuel- tank holds gallons. A consumption of around 30 m.p.g. gives a range of well over 300 miles, a valuable feature. Add these various features together, and, in the 1½ Riley, you have a car that is typical of the best of the traditional British designs, with the incorporation of enough of the most recent trends to be well abreast of the times. And the idea that only the full post-war line appeals to people was proved wrong in the few days I had this Riley. No fewer than four different people went out of their way to admire it, and two commented on how nice it looked like a proper car." Which is all I need say. MOTORING with The Riley l½Litre Saloon. from The Sketch - Wednesday 28 July 1954

1952 Riley RME running board model © CLIFF JONES PHOTOGRAPHY

later RME with 'spats'

Real Anorak info, Riley RME's in Films/TV:-
1951 Riley 1½-Litre RME in Doctor Who, 2005-2018 * = in background
1952 Riley 1½-litre RME in The Remains of the Day, 1993 *
1952 Riley 1½-litre RME in Alleyn Mysteries, 1990-1994 *
1952 Riley 1½-Litre RME in Double Impact, 1991 *
1952 Riley 1½-litre RME in Qi ji, 1989 *** ( 205 Hong Kong no.)= car used in a lot of the film
1952 Riley 1½-litre RME in Neighbours, 1985-2018 **
1952 Riley 1½-litre RME in Luan shi er nu, 1990 **
1952 Riley 1½-litre RME in Qun long duo bao, 1988 **
1952 Riley 1½-litre RME in Ng yi taam jeung: Lui Lok juen, 1991 **
1953 Riley 1½-litre RME in Dance with a Stranger, 1985 *
1953 Riley 1½-litre RME in Colpo maestro al servizio di Sua Maestà britannica, 1967 ***(NXU 410)
1954 Riley 1½-Litre RME in Pljačka Trećeg rajha, 2004 **** a Bosnian car !
1954 Riley 1½-litre RME in Gore dole, 1996-1997 * same  Bosnian car !
1955 Riley 1½-litre RME in Alleyn Mysteries, 1990-1994 * (RUE 292 )

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