Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - LARKIN’S BEST BUYS -

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.

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