Riley 12/6 Kestrel. (1933)

The Kestrel body was launched on the 14/6 chassis in 1932, and soon became available with the 12/6 engine as well. For the first batch of Kestrels produced, the body featured the earlier, snub tail with the clamshell bootlid and fabric roof. It is not clear when the body was updated, although certainly before the 1934 models were launched. The new model had a much more sweeping tail design with metal roof and inset bootlid, making it quite easy to differentiate the models.


6cyl Overhead Valves
RAC Rating 12.01hp
Bore 57 Stroke 95.2
Capacity 1458 cc
Compression Ratio 5.8:1


4-speed gearbox.
Top G/r 5.5:1
3rd G/r 7.84:1
2nd G/r 11.64:1
1st G/r 20.09:1
Reverse 18.48:1




Riley Continuous Cable with Cam-Operated Shoes
13" Drums


Standing Quarter Mile 23secs
Max speed 70mph


Wheelbase 9'6" (aprx 2880mm)
Track 4' (aprx 1200mm)
Wheels Six-Stud Wire Centre Lock 3.0x19
(1934: 3.0x19)
Tyres 4.75x19 (1934: 4.75x18)
Fuel Tank 10 Gallons


1933: £348; 1934: £358