RILEY SPECS - 12/4

as Old as the Industry, as modern as the Hour

Chassis Numbers

Many of the specifications pages refer to Chassis Numbers for certain elements of the information. As a result I have felt it necessary to include a page to help decipher the Chassis Number of your car. In many cases, this will also allow you to identify the original engine and bodystyle that the car carried.

After the Riley 9, the 12/4 or 1˝Litre was the most popular Riley engine before the war. Launched with the famous trio of Falcon-Kestrel-Lynx bodies, the range steadily expanded with the Adelphi proving the most popular model in later years. The engine survived to power the RMA/E after the war.
General Specification Production Figures

1935 Production Models

Riley 12/4 Falcon 4-door Saloon. (1934-35)
Riley 12/4 Kestrel 4-door Fastback Saloon. (1934-35)
Riley 12/4 Lynx 4-door Open Tourer. (1934-35)

Prototypes & Racing Models

Riley 12/4 TT Sprite. (1934-37)
Riley 1˝ IFS Racing. (1936)
Riley 1˝ Army Tourer. (1936)

Later Production Models

Riley 1˝ Falcon 4-door Saloon. (1935-36)
Riley 1˝ Kestrel 4-door Fastback Saloon. (1935-38)
Riley 1˝ Lynx 4-door Open Tourer. (1935-38)
Riley 1˝ Merlin 4-door Saloon. (1935-36)
Riley 1˝ Adelphi 4-door Saloon. (1936-38)
Riley 1˝ Falcon 4-door Saloon. (1936-37)
Riley 1˝ Kestrel-Sprite 4-door Fastback Saloon. (1936-38)
Riley 1˝ Lynx-Sprite 4-door Open Tourer. (1936-38)
Riley 1˝ Sprite 2-seater Sports. (1936-38)
Riley 1˝ Adelphi-Sprite 4-door Saloon. (1937)
Riley 1˝ Continental 4-door Saloon. (1937)
Riley 1˝ Touring Saloon (1938)
Riley 1˝ Victor 4-door Saloon. (1938)


Rare Riley 12/4 DHC bodied by Jensen

See also Nuffield Rileys


Rare Riley 12/4 DHC bodied by Jensen