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Highlights

  • Owned by the same family since 2005
  • One of only 507 RMC Roadsters produced, a complete and solid
  • Elegant post-war 2-3 seater convertible
  • Previously very well looked-after but not used in recent years

The Appeal

The RMC was the final creation of one of Britain's most distinctive independent manufacturers. Struggling for survival, Riley created this elegant, full-length roadster, designed to capitalise on the emerging US market.

However, the project fell short of expectations, with only 507 examples leaving the factory. Nonetheless, these true rarities still make excellent touring cars, appreciated for their comfortable interior, torquey 2.5-litre engines and large boot.

However, they remain rare on the market, with owners tending to keep them in their garages for all these reasons. So this is an excellent opportunity to discover one of the most offbeat models of the post-war British motor industry.

This project will require some refurbishment, but it is remarkably complete and in good overall condition thanks to having been kept dry by its passionate owner, and is an extremely rare find.



History and documents

  • 1949 model probably built in Abingdon
  • One of 507 RMCs built
  • Various workshop manuals
  • Owner's manual
  • 15 years of Riley Club magazines
  • Kept dry for many years
  • Same family ownership since 2005
  • Recently the car has not been used but otherwise has been well-looked after



Condition

  • Project" car but stored dry for some time
  • Painted green with solid, good-looking bodywork apart from faded paintwork
  • Red spoked wheels with period tyres fitted and matching spare wheel
  • Tan roof with a set of tonneau covers and matching spare wheel cover
  • Complete interior in weathered condition finished in tan leather with matching carpets
  • Veneered dashboard with cream Jaeger dials reflecting the overall condition of the car Chromes are complete and appear to be intact but are tarnished with age
  • Superb detailing including leather bonnet straps and bar bar
  • Factory correct body with recessed doors, folding screen and aero screens



The mechanics

  • 2,443cc Riley 4-cylinder 16hp engine
  • 4-speed manual gearbox with paddle-shift and synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears
  • We are told that the car does not run and will need to be towed.
  • The car is parked in a garage with a slope, so this must be taken into account when retrieving it



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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1949
  • Make Riley
  • Model RMC
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 37,538 Miles
  • Engine size 2443
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town St. Tropez
  • Location International
  • Country France

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