Riley Kestrel 1100. (1965-68)
1966 Riley Kestrel 1100 (HVF682D)
Photo courtesy of Keef
BMC's new front-wheel-drive small saloon, designed to replace the myriad of Austin and Nuffield models that were competing in the sector, was launched as a Morris in 1962.
It was an instant success (not unusual for BMC!), and the range was joined in 1965 by the Riley Kestrel 1100, and Wolsley 1100, with the axing of the One-Point-Five / 1500 models.
The Riley model was interesting, in as much as it was the only Version to be given a name (declared an insult to the Kestrel's heritage at the time). It was originally pitched between the Wolsley and MG, with the Wolsley's Luxury, and MG's performance. It was progressively replaced in 1967-8 by the 1300cc version.
ENGINE1098cc 4 cyl ohv
Bore 64.6mm Stroke 83.7mm
55bhp at 5500rpm
Compression Ratio 8.9:1
TRANSMISSIONOverall gear ratios.
SUSPENSIONIndependent Hydrolastic all round
BRAKESLockheed hydraulic brakes with wedge operated shoes
8.93in front and 8in rear.
Standing ¼mile 21.5secs
Top Speed 83.7mph
Fuel Consumption 29.1mpg
DIMENSIONSWheelbase 7'9.5" (aprx 2380mm)
Track 4'3.5" (aprx 1300mm)
Length 12'3" (aprx 3720mm)
Width 5' (aprx 1500mm)
Fuel Tank 8galls
1966-7 £672 (exc.tax)
1968 £692 + £160 6s 1d tax = £852 6s 1d