From: K D Mentzel <email@example.com> Subject: RMB Riley Drophead
Hello Riley Motor Club,
I am wondering if anyone could give me some advice about buying a Riley. I - with four others - am thinking of buying a Riley drophead. This RMB Riley Drophead looks very good but do you have any advice on this model: www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C538368
Do you know this particular car? How readily can spares be found for these Rileys?
I believe this car was originally a saloon and has been converted to a drophead. The hood actually looks better than on the factory-produced models. It may be the car which took part in the London to Edinburgh run some years ago. Most mechanical pares for the model are readily obtainable through the Riley Motor Club. As the car is probably a converted saloon, some parts of the body would probably be unique to this car.
That is just a RMB special, not a RMD. The hood is awful and does not have the 'pram irons', the doors don't have the quarter glass, there is no trafficator behind the door, the doors look like cut down sedan doors so are too short to allow easy access to the rear. Talking of which the front seats look like standard sedan seats and not the tilting ones of a drophead and there are no rear armrests or lights. Not to mention the chassis number makes no sense, it should be 62SSxxxx. Not a bad looking or finished special but not the sort of value a RMD would have. Matthew
I do know of a LHD RMD that is likely available in my local area ( N california USA) .. its a very solid and straight car but in need of full cosmetic restoration.. the interior is badly sun baked .and top canvas long gone...but body structure is sound.. engine was rebuilt at great expense by current owner.. I can pass enquires on to the owner...
Anyone thinking of buying an RMD should be very aware that there are currently a disproportionate number of dropheads coming out of Poland. These cars started life as saloons, but have been decapitated, and presented to the world as dropheads.
Whilst there is no problem with cars which are altered from 'standard', and then presented as 'specials', these cars are not; they are being presented as 'originals'. The difficulty is that, whilst the conversion appears to have been well executed, there is no guarantee that (a) it conforms to factory standards, and (b) it will not fall foul of the 'Significant Alteration' clause in any licencing regulation.
There has also been a suggestion that some cars emanating from Poland bear chassis numbers and body numbers different to those with which they started life, and the route by which they acquired those numbers is not necessarily very clear.
As always when purchasing a used vehicle, a buyer should beware. In the case of Riley Dropheads, there is a need for added vigilance.