Riley 12/4 Lynx. (1934-35)

The Lynx was the third and final bodystyle offered on the original 12/4 chassis. Whilst not selling as well as the saloon models, a substantial number were nevertheless produced. As with the Falcon and Kestrel, a revised verison of the Lynx continued to be offered on the new 1½ Litre chassis from late 1936.

The body was based on the larger, 4 door tourer used on the 6 cylinder cars, rather than the early 2-door as built on the 9 Lynx. As with all Lynxes, the front doors were cut away at the top, with canvas flaps attached to the weather screens for poor weather. An easy way to differnetiate between this and the later lynxes is that the early cars never originally had bumpers (although some will have been retro-fitted). They also had the original black radiators, rather than the later mesh or chrome slat grilles. Approximately 200-300 were built.

Chassis Types: 22T


4cyl ohv
RAC Rating 11.9hp
Bore 69 Stroke 100
Capacity 1496 cc
51bhp at 4800rpm / 55bhp at 5200rpm
Carburation Zenith, 2 Zenith or 2SU


4-speed gearbox.
Top gear ratio 5.5:1
3rd G/r 7.84:1
2nd G/r 11.64:1
1st G/r 20.09:1
Reverse 25.19:1




Girling Mechanical Rod width edge operated shoes
13" drums


0-50mph 19.2sces
Standing Quarter Mile 24.5 secs
Max speed 73.6mph
Fuel Consumption 28.3mpg


Wheelbase 9'1" (aprx 2730mm)
Track 4' (aprx 1200mm)
Length 13'7" (aprx 4110mm)
Width 4'11.5" (aprx 1500mm)
WheelsDunlop centre lock wire 3.0x18
Tyres 4.75x18
Weight 23.5cwt
Fuel Tank 10 galls