Riley 1½ Lynx Sprite. (1936-38)

As with the Kestrel, The 1½ Litre Lynx was also fitted with the sprite engine from 1936 onwards. It offered an increase in performance, with slightly improved trim levels. Approximately a third of all Lynxes appear to have had the Sprite engine, and it appears to have outsold the standard model in 1937, based on the number of cars identified. However, as with the standard Lynx, sales dropped away dramatically at the end. A number of standard Lynxes have been upgraded to Sprite spec over the years, but genuine ones should all have the double 'S' prefix on the chassis number.

Chassis Types [Approx. Production Figures]: SS26L [25] / 27L [140] / 28L [10]


4cyl ohv
RAC Rating 11.9hp
Bore 69 Stroke 100
Capacity 1496 cc
51bhp at 4800rpm
Carburation 2SU


4-speed gearbox.
Top gear ratio 5.22:1
3rd G/r 7.39:1
2nd G/r 10.91:1
1st G/r 18.79:1
Reverse 23.33:1




Girling Mechanical rod wedge operated shoes
13" drums


0-50mph 17secs
Max speed 67mph
Fuel Consumption 27mpg


Wheelbase 9'1" (aprx 2750mm)
Track 4' (aprx 1200mm)
Length 14' (aprx 4250mm)
Width 4'11.5" (aprx 1480mm)
Wheels 3.0x18
Tyres 4.75x18
Weight 25cwt
Fuel Tank 10 galls


1936-7 £393; 1938 £433