Ri­ley Kestrel

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Drive-it Day Special The 50 Greatest Drives - Richard Gunn

No, not the well-known booted-and-suited post-war Mini vari­ant. The Kestrel I’m re­fer­ring to is the 1930s sport­ing sa­loon. On a test-drive tour with the CCW team, I was nom­i­nated to drive a 1934 ex­am­ple be­cause I was the only one with ex­pe­ri­ence of pre-se­lec­tor gear­boxes. It was a rev­e­la­tion and drove like a much more mod­ern ve­hi­cle, with sur­pris­ingly adept han­dling. Its pre-se­lec­tor col­umn trans­mis­sion added an ex­tra level of in­ter­est; chang­ing gear well ahead of time and then dip­ping the clutch to en­gage when ac­tu­ally needed. Oh, and the gor­geous art deco looks too…

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