Revered by many vintage car enthusiasts as an exceptional powerplant that compares well with much more exotic machinery, the heart of any Riley is the wonderful twin-camshaft engine, which gives excellent performance from just 1,087 cc. Introduced in 1926, the four-cylinder unit went on to power various Rileys, until 1957. The new for 1936 Kestrel 6-light sports saloon was offered with the 12/4 1,496cc Sprite engine giving 61bhp; sporting twin carburettors. Complementing this fine power unit is the ENV Wilson pre-selector four-speed gearbox and Girling mechanical rod-operated brakes with a patented operating mechanism. This six-light Kestrel was built on the 112.5" long-wheelbase chassis and was purchased by the vendor in 2016. He has since fitted the Kestrel with 16 inch wheels and radial tyres. The sprite engine has been replaced by a standard tune 12/4 engine, which is currently running without a waterpump.
The Kestrel has an attractive body, thought to have been designed by Stanley Riley and built at the Riley works, finished in a lovely combination of red over grey. The leather seats have been recovered at some time. There is some history with the car, including the older V5C registration document; the car now has a new style V5C. Presently running and driving, but having not seen active use in recent years further works and some recommissioning are still necessary.
|Engine||1.496 ccm, 62 PS, I4|
|Steering||Right Hand Drive|
|Layout||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Color - exterior||Grey / Red|
|Color - interior||Red leather|
|Miles/Kilometers shown||735 mls|
|Chassis / VIN||SS27K5227|
|Location - Country||Czech Rep.|
|Location - City||Hradec Kralove|
4-door sedan/saloon body type; RWD (rear-wheel drive), 4-speed preselector gearbox; gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 1496 cm3, advertised power: 46 kW / 61 hp / 62 PS; characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4191 mm, width: 1450 mm, wheelbase: 2896 mm; reference weights: base curb weight: 1163 kg; top speed: 141 km/h (88 mph); accelerations: 0-50 mph 13 s