The life of a 728-mile Riley

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - www.swva.co.uk

A Riley Kestrel that has cov­ered 728 miles in half a cen­tury is for sale and is ex­pected to fetch £9000-10,000.

SWVA will of­fer the 1966 car at its clas­sic auc­tion in Poole, Dorset, on 29 April. The cur­rent ven­dor buys and sells ve­hi­cles as a hobby and feels the time is right to sell the Coven­try-made saloon.

This Riley was bought in York­shire in 1966 and was used spar­ingly by the owner un­til he died. His fam­ily left the car un­touched for a decade, be­fore sell­ing it to Thorn­fal­con Clas­sics in Som­er­set. It then moved to a pri­vate col­lec­tion five years ago, be­fore be­ing sold to its cur­rent owner.

Alice Loveys, on­line man­ager of SWVA says: ‘There has been a lot of in­ter­est in the car which is re­ally un­der­stand­able – it of­fers buy­ers a unique op­por­tu­nity to own a Riley with amaz­ingly few miles and his­tory to back it up. This has been the most viewed car we’ve ever had on our web­site and it would be a true credit to any col­lec­tion, or a won­der­ful 50-year-old, as-new car for some­one to use and en­joy.’

This Riley Kestrel was first reg­is­tered on 17 May 1966 and has av­er­aged just 14.56 miles a year since then. Top es­ti­mate £10,000.

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