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Brave or just foolish? Restoration of a Riley…

What to do when suddenly someone offers you a Riley for free? In this case a RME 1 1/2 Litre, which had been laid up since 1967 and only seems to be suitable for spares? In fact a textbook example of what is called a “basket case“?
Michael from Scotland had the answer when this happened to him in 2011: He started a full restoration in his garage. And all that on a small budget – so far less than a grand. Not counting the countless hours of course…

Those who are looking for inspiration are kindly invited to follow Michael’s detailed restoration report in the Practical Classics forum. He is rightfully asking himself if this project is only brave or just crazy. I, for my part, can only take my hat off to people like Michael!

 

WIthin the comfort zone…

During the first year we stayed close to home. Following transfer, German M.O.T. and registration, we did not have any long trips in mind with the Riley. Instead, we rather took her on extended tours  within the vicinity of our home town. After all, we live in an Area where others spend their vacation. So why wander around in the distance, when good things lie nearby? Instead of a long narrative I just let the pictures speak for themselves… Continue reading

Rolling home…

Another landing in London Heathrow. Two weeks after visiting Mike and his Riley for the first time, the alarm clock kicked us out of bed at an unearthly hour so that we could catch the (very) early first flight to London this time. At 8 am sharp a typical London cab drops us at the seller’s doorstep where our new old Riley named “Lady GoDiVa” is already patiently waiting to commence the long journey to Germany…

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Paper work…

Hooray, the deal for the purchase of the Riley was sealed… but how was the old lady supposed to move from England to her new home in Germany?
When cowardly mentioning the option of transporting the car on a trailer, the seller was not amused…. after all, the Riley had just passed the MOT test with flying flags and has always been reliable. And then trailering it like a lame basket case? Very shocking indeed…. Well, why not trust his word and drive the lady home under her own power? But alas, we are not that far yet… Continue reading

Searching for a Riley…

It is a sunny Saturday in June. Perfectly on time at 1 pm we touch down at London Heathrow airport, where Roger, a knowledgeable expert of the British Riley RM-Club is waiting for me. I had been looking for a Riley RM for quite a while and had already viewed a few cars in Germany and Belgium. Today, we intend to see three more in the greater London area… Continue reading