Riley One-Point-Five. (1957-65)
Photo courtesy of Martin Frankford
The Riley One-Point-Five was originally intended as a replacement for the Morris Minor. However, the unfading popularity of the Minor changed BMCs Plans slightly!
As such, the Wolseley 1500 and Riley One-Point-Five were created. Using BMCs 1489cc B-Series engine, with the floor pan, steering and suspension of the Morris Minor gave the car a unique character.
It is interesting to note, that in Australia, the car was also marketed as a Morris Major, and Austin Lancer.
The car ran from 1957 until 1965, with 2 minor facelifts. In the Riley range, it was a belated replacement for the RME 1½litre Saloon, although much smaller. It was killed off after a production run of 39,568, in 1965, by one of BMCs rationalisation plans, and indirectly replaced with the Riley Kestrel 1100. Even so, it holds the position of Rileys best-selling model ever!
ENGINE1489cc 4 cyl ohv
Bore 73mm Stroke 88.9mm
68bhp at 5,400rpm
Max Tourque 83lbft at 3,200rpm
Compression ratio 8.3:1
TRANSMISSIONOverall gear ratios.
1st 13.56, 2nd 8.25,
3rd 5.12 4th 3.73
SUSPENSIONIndependent Torsion Beam Front
Semi Elliptic at rear
BRAKESGirling hydraulic drum brakes with wedge operated shoes
9in front, 8 in rear.
Standing ¼mile 20.5secs
Max Speed 87mph
Fuel Consumption 27.2mpg
Also see below.
DIMENSIONSWheelbase 7'2" (aprx 2180mm)
Track 4'3" (aprx 1300mm)
Length 12'9" (aprx 3890mm)
Width 5'1" (aprx 1520mm)
Height 5'1" (aprx 1520mm)
Turning Circle 31'left 32'6"right
Tyres 5.60x14 (or 5.0x14)
PRICE1957-60 £575 plus £288 17s tax equals £863 17s
1960-61 £575 plus £240 14s 2d tax equals £815 14s 2d
1961-65 £580 plus £267 1s 5d tax equals £847 1s 5d
Further InformationBelow is some extra information, specific to the Riley 1.5, supplied by Jeff Allen.
Road Speed at: (Taken from a period road test)
|1st gear||2nd gear||3rd gear||4th gear|
Acceleration through gears:
Engine Numbers located on the metal plate on the right hand side of the block:
15R-U-H or 15RB-U-H
Starting from 15R-U-H101
Chassis Numbers are located on a plate on the right hand A-post, except for the first 150 (Abingdon-built) which are located on a plate to the left hand side of the engine bulkhead.
Body numbers are located on plates on the left hand side of the Engine Bulkhead (or in the centre on Abingdon cars).