Riley 14/6 Kestrel. (1932-34)

Riley 14/6 Kestrel (AGK944)

Riley 14/6 Kestrel (EA5505)

The 14/6 chassis was the first to recieve the new streamlined fastback Kestrel body. The beautiful flowing lines, covering a 4-door 4-seater body were (and still are) stylishly elegant. The low roofline was produced by dropping the footwells either side of the Transmission tunnel. This also allowed a much lower, sportier driving position. Combined with the lower bonnet height, the car looked much sleeker and sportier than any previous 6 cylinder Riley, and would have been quite unlike almost any other car on the road at the time.
The 14/6 Kestrel was on sale for 2 years, before it was replaced by the more advanced 15/6 in 1934. However, the success of the model prompted Riley into adapting the body for both the 9 and 12/6 chassis'.
Whilst it was only ever produced on the 44T chassis, there is little to differntiate a genuine 14/6 Kestrel from a re-engined 12/6, for instance, in old records. However, based on the data we have, it appears that around 200-250 14/6 Kestrels were built over the 2 years.

Chassis Types: 44T


6cyl ohv
RAC Rating 13.5hp
Bore 60.3 Stroke 95.2
Firing Order 1, 5, 3, 6, 2, 4
Capacity 1633 cc
Carburation 3SU


4-speed gearbox.
Overall Gear Ratios:
2nd 12.88:1
3rd 7.69:1
Top gear 5.25:1
Reverse 18.48:1




Riley continuous cable with Cam operated shoes
13" Drums.


Max speed 68 / 70mph


Wheelbase 9'6" (aprx 2880mm)
Track 4' (aprx 1200mm)
Length 13'5" (aprx 4130mm)
Width 4'9" (aprx 1430mm)
Wheels Six Stud Mounting Wire 3.0x19 ('33), 3.0x18 ('34)
Tyres 4.75x19 (x18 for 1934)
Weight 16cwt (chassis only)
Fuel Tank 11galls


1933: £375
1934: £385