Riley 2½ Continental. (1937-39)

Thanks to a legal challenge by Bentley over the use of the 'Continental' name, this model was also known as the Touring Saloon, and Close-Coupled Saloon! It was one of the more popular Big Four models (only because there was more than 1 produced!), and is a very close relative to the post-war RMB/RMF series cars.

The body was closely based on the short lived 12/4 Continental model which had been offered through 1937, before being displaced by the Touring Saloon. It was a full four seater, albeit with a little less rear passenger room than some of the other models, and despite the large trunk at the rear luggage space was limited with the rear wheel mounted in the boot.
Neverthless, with the big 4 engine, the 16/4 Continental was a fast and capable cross country tourer compared to other offerings on the market in 1938, and along with the stylish body it had the potential to be a strong seller, had the recievers not been called in in early '38. It seems probable that at least one car was produced after this, perhaps as late as early 1939.

Chassis Types 38BX, 38CX


4cyl ohv
RAC rating 16.07hp
Bore 80.5 Stroke 120
Compression Ratio 6.1:1
Capacity 2443 cc
82bhp at 4300rpm
Carburation SU / Zenith


3-speed dual overdrive gearbox.
3rd o/d Gear ratio 3.97:1
3rd g/r 5.5:1
2nd o/d g/r 6.15:1
2nd g/r 8.25:1
1st g/r 14.3:1
Reverse 17.87:1




Girling mechanical rod with wedge operated shoes
16" Drums.


0-50mph 14.9secs
Max speed 87mph
Fuel Consumption 25/34mpg


Wheelbase 9'8.5" (aprx 2930mm)
Track 4'3" (aprx 1290mm)
Length 14'11" (aprx 4510mm)
Width 5'3" (aprx 1580mm)
Fuel Tank 11½ galls
Wheels Magna wire 3.25x18"
Tyres 5.25x18
Weight 29cwt