1933 Riley 9 Lynx Special Tourer
1933 Riley 9 Lynx Special Tourer
- A rare 1933 model with disappearing hood
- Two owners from new
- Completely restored at a cost of £100,000
- Fabulous provenance and history file detailing history from new
An extremely rare model manufactured only in 1933 with disappearing top - open sports tourer coachwork, period competition history and continuous history from new.
Restored from the chassis up at the cost of over £110,000 and arguably the most handsome Riley 9 derivative, the Lynx two-door four-seater tourer was only offered for the 1933 season as the following year the model was fitted with four doors in place of two and the elegant and practical 'disappearing hood' was replaced with a standard hood design. The list price in ‘special‘ format was £298 and the short-lived model was notably rakish and low-slung.
Introduced in 1926 Percy Riley’s 9hp twin-camshaft four-cylinder was an outstanding engine design by any standards, and the Coventry marque’s pre-war offerings were among the world’s finest small-capacity sporting cars. Mated to four-speed manual transmission, the four-seater enjoyed a level of performance that belied its 9hp tax rating.
Based around a ladder-frame chassis equipped with all round semi-elliptic leaf-sprung suspension and bias-adjustable drum brakes, the Riley was well known for its crisp handling. The car we have for sale was built to special order complete with a bespoke dashboard. Chassis 6021101 was collected from the factory by its first owner Herbert Way Esq. A solicitor by profession, Mr Way was also a keen motorist and participated in several of the Riley Motor Club's 24-hour Rally and Reliability Trials (badges for which adorn the front of 'RV 3333').
An accompanying period photo of the Lynx in action shows some minor damage to the offside running board and one hypothesis is that safety concerns may have prompted Mr Way to commission the 'straight top' doors and pillar-mounted spotlight which it retains to this day.
Remaining with its first keeper until 1956, the Riley was taken off the road and laid-up in a barn until the early 1960’s when it was bought by the former owner as an art student and run for a memorable summer before his father intervened and the car was sold. In 1991 Andrew Booth of Orchid Cars advertised the car for sale in Motor Sport magazine and 'RV 3333' was bought back by the former student for the princely sum of £10,500.
A long overdue 'ground up' restoration was begun later that decade and renowned marque specialist Blue Diamond was entrusted with refurbishing the chassis, gearbox, front and rear axles, steering, brakes and suspension, while Hamlins Engineering of Bridgwater overhauled the original engine with Sprite camshafts and Brooklands inlet and exhaust manifolds.
John Foy Ltd of Royston was commissioned to renovate the ash frame and restore the alloy bodywork as well as re-trimming, re-wiring and re-painting the car. The project stalled for a few years but recommenced during 2012 and was completed in time for the owners 70th birthday celebrations in 2015.
Used regularly for the past year the Riley has covered some 4,500 post-restoration miles and looks superb in its original burgundy livery and having had over £100,000 lavished on it 'RV 3333' is considered to be ‘the best Lynx in the world'.
The Riley's history file not only contains a full compliment of restoration invoices but also numerous period photos and even the original owner’s 1933 RAC badge