1948 Riley RMB 2.5 Litre Saloon

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  • Older restoration in well preserved condition 
  • Beautiful silver metallic over two-tone leather interior and Bedford Cord
  • £9,000 engine rebuild with few miles since 
  • Recent service and brake overhaul 
  • The perfect friends and family transport for Goodwood 

The Appeal 

Riley saved the best ‘til last. The RM family was the firm’s last independently built car, a sleek and beautiful sporting saloon that spanned the immediate pre and post war years. 

The RM came out post war using new design body and chassis but utilising the excellent pre war ‘Big Four’ 2.5litre engine gave the long wheelbase RMB the performance to match the looks. With exquisite attention to detail across the interior and exterior surfaces, these cars are both a joy to drive and be driven in. Perfect for the Goodwood Revival in fact. 
This gorgeous ‘48 RMB was restored in the late 90s in fetching grey metallic with a two-tone leather interior. The engine was rebuilt in 2015 at a cost of £9,000 and it has covered few miles since. The result is a stand-out car that would grace any show or the Goodwood Members Parking area. 
A recent service and brake overhaul means the car arrives with the buyer ready to enjoy. And, looking at it, that seems guaranteed. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 1948 
  • ‘58’ chassis prefix confirms this car was built in 1948 
  • DVLA records first UK registration as 1st December 1998 which is likely a typo or error 
  • Four registered keepers
  • Current keeper since July 2015 
  • Previously black which was changed and recorded with the DVLA in early 2000 
  • This restoration included chassis-off renovation covering body and mechanicals 
  • Engine rebuilt in 2015 by Formhalls Vintage & Racing at cost of £9,000
  • Photographic and invoice record of engine rebuild in history file 
  • Known to the RM Register 
  • Details of previous owners provided by Register and in history file 
  • Recently removed from storage and recommissioned 
  • This work included oil and filter change and brake overhaul 
  • DVLA records show previous MOT expired July 2016 with no advisories 
  • 11,827 miles showing on this test 

The Condition

  • Repainted in grey metallic in late 1990s as part of body-off restoration 
  • Paintwork is described by vendor as ‘Ferrari silver’ and is very fetching 
  • Paint remains in good order with light marks to note in photographs 
  • Vinyl ‘Everflex’-style roof in good condition 
  • Bodywork presents well with some minor deterioration visible in photographs 
  • This includes light bubbling to some panels and door shuts 
  • Chassis is described as solid following previous restoration 
  • Chromework presents very well with good finish and complemented by badge bar 
  • Avon tyres present well fitted to steel wheels with chrome hub caps 
  • Two-tone, part leather and Bedford Cord interior retrimmed during restoration and remains well kept 
  • Some light signs of wear inside typical of an older restoration 
  • Veneers present well throughout cabin with only light patina visible 
  • Highly original cabin including factory dials and sprung three spoke Bakelite wheel 

The Mechanics 

  • Rebuilt 2,443cc ‘Big Four’ RMB engine
  • Engine professionally rebuilt in 2015 at cost of £9,000 
  • Twin SU carburettors 
  • 4spd manual gearbox with synchromeshg on 2nd, 3rd and 4th 
  • Recent oil service and brake overhaul 
  • No reported running or driving issues 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1948
  • Make Riley
  • Model RMB
  • Colour Grey
  • Odometer 13,627 Miles
  • Engine size 2443
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town New Forest
  • Location Hampshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
14 bids from 8 bidders
  • Sk•••• £10,000 18/06/24
  • Be•••• £9,200 18/06/24
  • mi•••• £9,100 18/06/24
  • al•••• £9,000 18/06/24
  • mi•••• £8,850 18/06/24
  • al•••• £8,750 18/06/24
  • pa•••• £8,650 18/06/24
  • al•••• £8,450 18/06/24
  • jo•••• £8,350 18/06/24
  • pa•••• £8,250 18/06/24

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