1957-1965 RILEY ONEPOINT-FIVE
WHY WE LOVE IT It’s a fine BMC product with tried and trusted components but genuine quality and character.
No need to remind us – we know it’s not a ‘real’ died-in-the wool overhead camengined, wooden-framed Riley. Here, however is still one of BMC’s finest-ever products, and I feel quite justified in sticking my snout out and saying it is well worthy of wearing the prestigious blue diamond badge.
The car that BMC originally planned as a replacement for the Morris Minor may not have succeeded in its original mission but it materialised as this vehicle (and the more lowly Wolseley 1500).
An extra carburettor gave the car almost a third more power, and a genuine sporty feel with a slick gearchange. Nimble and satisfying to drive, the One-Point-Five was a compelling package that had few direct rivals on the British market except for Rootes’ Sunbeam Rapier.
A proud Riley radiator grille and lots of chrome gave the car an elegant appearance, as did the two-tone seats on some examples. True luxury at an affordable price – then and now.