RILEY - RM PRODUCTION FIGURESas Old as the Industry, as modern as the Hour
Total RM Series production.Unlike with the pre-war cars, it is not so easy to identify annual production figures, although total figures are known. However, the Chassis Numbering started off following the pattern from before the war:
- The 3 identifies a 1½ car (5 was used for the 2½).
In 1950 they changed to 4 and 6 respectively.
- The 5 indicated the year - 1945, RMBs started in 1946 (6).
- The S indicates a Saloon; D=DHC; SS=3-seat Roadster; 2S= 2-seat Roadster. Some 1½ DHCs were built, but no Roadsters.
Although some cars must have been sold as Chassis - as some station Wagons / Estates and outside bodied DHCs were built - there is no suggestion of an alternative letter for them.
- 10001 is the Chassis Number:
- RMAs ran from 10001-20504
- RMBs ran from 2001-9910
- RMCs started at 2802 (running with RMBs)
- RMDs started at 5006 (also running with RMBs)
- In 1952 The system changed to the prefix of RME or RMF - all cars were of course saloons.
- RMEs ran from 20505-23950 (styling revision from #21855)
- RMFs ran from 9911-10960
|1945-51||RMA 1½ Litre Saloon|
RMA 1½ Litre Drophead
|35S - 41S|
36D - 41D
|1946-52||RMB 2½ Litre Saloon||56S - 62S||6,900|
|1948-52||RMC 2½ Litre 3 Seat Roadster|
RMC 2¨½ Litre 2 Seat Roadster
|58SS - 61SS|
582S - 612S
|1948-51||RMD 2½ Litre Drophead||58D - 61D||502|
|1952-5||RME 1½ Litre Saloon||RME||3,446|
|1952-3||RMF 2½ Litre Saloon||RMF||1,050|
The Pathfinders Chassis number related more closely to the 'standard' Nuffield / BMC markings, although there was not yet an 'R' to identify it as a Riley(!):
- The M indicated a Pathfinder!
- The A Indicated a Saloon - K was for Chassis.
- The E was the Paint colour:
A= Black; B= Grey; C= Red; D=Blue; E= Green; F=Beige; G= Brown; H= CKD
- The 1 Indicates a RHD Car for the Home market; 2= RHD for export; 3=LHD; 4=North American; 5=CKD L or RHD.
- The second 1 indicates the Paint Finish!
1=synthetic; 2=Synobel (a Brand name finish); 3=Cellulose; 4=Mettalic; 5=CKD Primer.
- And finally, the 501 is the chassis number itself, running from 501-5652.