|Jim Collins' Riley 9 Special:
(4-21-10) From Jim: "I have recently
purchased a Riley 9 rolling chassis with engine and transmission..."
|"And after discovering the chassis #
60-1055, (I only can see 01055? stamped on the front left), Ian Gladstone
at Blue Diamond assures me that there must of been a 6 in front of the
#'s which would make it a 1928, Mk2). The date of 1928, along with
the fact that the chassis has been shortened 15" and narrowed at the back
to make a 7' 71/2" wheel base, leads me to wonder if I could have one of
the cars used by Reid
|"According to THE AUTOCAR August 19th
1927, a perfectly standard Riley chassis was used to conduct modifications
to. These cars were to help fuel the 1100cc racing class which at that
time was lacking in cars."
|"In 'As Old As the Industry' by David
G. Styles, he devotes two pages
taken from AUTOCAR to the description of these cars showing Reid Railton's
modifications: (lowering of the radiator, shortening and narrowing of the
rear, which match the diagram illustrated in the Autocar article.
|"This car has been sitting in this condition
for about 25 years,(from last owner). It is clear that someone took great
care of it and started to restore it. I would greatly appreciate anyone
that can help me identify the car and (or) answer the question as to is
it a "semi-factory" modification? I am presently having a body made in
England and should have it on the road for spring."
(4-22-10) From Jim:
"Also, I know the last three owners..."
6/1/65- Theodore G. Griggs Jersey City
12/21/71- to John Jeffries - NY
12/10/82 to Richard Miller- NH
9/20/09 to James Collins VT.
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If you can help Jim identify his car:
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|(1-17-12) From Kevin Gill:
"I think it could be an IMP chassis as
the Riley 9 Brooklands has a
longer 96" wheelbase I believe.
Thats a VERY NICE chassis indeed, lots
of details as I research the Riley 9 Brooklands prototype.
Just out of interest what is the width
of the front and rear tracks (to the wheel centerlines) and the diameter
of the steering wheel?"
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