Riley 1½ Victor. (1938)

The Victor 1½ was launched as part of Rileys attempt to stay afloat in late 1937. The car replaced the defunct 1936 Merlin model, and was essentially the same as the Victor 9, with the larger 12/4 engine. The Body was the familiar Briggs unit, mounted on the old Merlin chassis, but the engine was mounted slightly further forward than before to improve front legroom. At the front the new chrome-slat radiator shell had been installed, and there were other detail updates if you looked hard enough. As Briggs had changed over production to the revised Touring Saloon design with the bulbous trunk at the rear, it is unclear whether any of the bodies used on the Victors were new, or if they were simply the old, stockpiled units.

The car failed to sell well even though it was priced at £299, being the same for both models, and although people chose the more powerful 1½ model. As a final effort, it was offered at £325 with the preselector gearbox, but sales failed to improve. It was withdrawn early in 1938 when the receivers were called in, althouhg a few may have been built later to use up parts. Perhaps 150-180 had been built.

Chassis Type: 28V


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


4-speed Overdrive gearbox.
3rd O/D ratio 4.87:1
3rd G/r 6.75:1
2nd o/d 7.55:1
2nd G/r 10.46:1
1st G/r 17.35:1
Reverse 23.33:1




Girling Mechanical Rod with wedge operated shoes
13" drums


0-50mph 23.1secs
Max speed 73mph
Fuel Consumption 27mpg


Wheelbase 9' (aprx 2730mm)
Track 4'3.5" (aprx 1300mm)
Length 14'3" (aprx 4310mm)
Width 5'3" (aprx 1580mm)
Wheels Dunlop centre lock 3.0x18 / 17
Tyres 5.0x18 / 17
Weight 24cwt
Fuel Tank 9.5 galls