Riley 4/68. (1959-61)
B-Series Farina 4-Door Saloon
BMC replaced the slow selling 2.6 with the Riley version of the all new B-Series Farina Saloon. The car, originally launched in 1958 as the Wolesley 15/60, then the Austin Cambridge, was deemed at the time as an insult to the Riley name, and to many still is.
Using the same engine as the Riley One-Point-Five, it seems a strange car to replace the old Two-Point-Six, but then this was BMC!
After only 2 years (and 10,940 cars), it was replaced by the 4/72, essentially the same car, but with the new 1622cc engine. However, that was not the end for the 4/68, as it was already being built under licence by Siam Di Tella in Argentina. Not only did they build the saloon but also a Riley nosed pick up truck!
Wessex Motors of Salisbury offered a performance upgrade of the 4/68, known as the Riley Riviera.
ENGINE1489 cc 4 cylinder
Bore 73mm Stroke 88.9mm
66.5bhp at 5150rpm
Compression ratio 8.3:1
TRANSMISSIONOverall gear ratios.
SUSPENSIONIndependent Coils at Front
Semi Elliptic at rear
BRAKESGirling hydraulic drum brakes with wedge operated shoes
Standing ¼mile 21.2secs
Top Speed 88mph
Fuel Consumption 27.3mpg
DIMENSIONSWheelbase 8'3" (aprx 2520mm)
Track 4'2" (aprx 1270mm)
Length 14'11.5" (aprx 4560mm)
Width 5'3.5" (aprx 1610mm)
Fuel Tank 10galls
PRICE£725 exc. tax