RILEY SPECS - NUFFIELDas Old as the Industry, as modern as the Hour
post-Takeover (Nuffield) Rileys
When Nuffield acquired Riley in 1938, they immediately set about restructuring the range. Within months, all of the original Riley models were permanently discontinued (in reality, few had been produced for a number of months), being replaced by a new Riley developed Saloon and Drophead on each of the 12/4 and 16/4 chassis. The Saloon bore a very strong resemblance to the outgoing Adelphi, which had proved the strongest seller at the end, while the Drophead was a new design.
After a number of customer requests, the Kestrel was relaunched with the larger engine, most examples probably used stockpiled bodies and components.