Ri­ley Lynx

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About - Nick Larkin

Noth­ing matches the charms of a 1930s Ri­ley – es­pe­cially the Lynx tourer. Let’s go for a 1½ litre with the wider chas­sis from 1936 on­wards. A mag­nif­i­cent twin-cam, twin-carb en­gine, pre­s­e­lect gear­box (which can be sur­pris­ingly nifty), and fan­tas­tic han­dling, plus rea­son­able brak­ing (de­spite the Gir­ling rod sys­tem) maketh a truly great driver’s car. But when you throw in Ri­ley’s unique mix­ture of sound, smell and lov­able rak­ish­ness, need any more be said? Imag­ine pow­er­ing down a coun­try lane, savour­ing that al­most Fer­rari-es­que ex­haust note and the per­fume of hon­ey­suckle min­gling with the smell of a warm en­gine and ex­haust fumes. Bliss!

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