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Riley #2# The Legendary RMs

ISBN-10: 1861267614

ISBN-13: 9781861267610

 

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Riley #2# The Legendary RMs

by John Price Williams

Riley, with its slogan "As Old as the Industry - As Modern as the Hour", is one of the great names of the British motor industry, with a history of producing up-market sporting cars, the attributes of which are still widely cherished.

The RM series, which came out immediately after the Second World War, was highly-successful, combining mechanical innovations, like independent front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering, with traditional coachbuilding qualities. The four-door sporting saloons in 1½-litre and 2½-litre versions were fast, comfortable cars with notably good roadholding. The 2½-litre was especially quick, being able to exceed 90mph, something that few cars of the time could achieve.

Drophead coupé and roadster versions followed, with less success, and the RM line ended with the ill-fated Pathfinder model, a result of mismanagement by Riley's owners, BMC.

Contents:

  • The beginning
  • Into production
  • The 1½-litre RMA in detail
  • The 2½-litre saloon - RMB
  • Major improvements and Abingdon
  • The roadster and the drophead coupé
  • Woodies, dropheads, specials and other curiosities
  • Improvements to the RMA - and the new RME
  • The Pathfinder
  • Exporting RMs
  • Sporting success
  • Buying, maintaining, restoring
  • Appendix I: RM production
  • Appendix II: colour schemes
  • Appendix III: 1½-litre major modifications - chassis and engine
  • Appendix IV: 2½-litre major modifications - chassis and engine
  • Appendix V: Riley repair times schedule
  • Appendix VI: RM prices

Buch, Hardcover, 20 x 25 cm, 208 Seiten, 18 farbige und 172 s/w-Abbildungen, englischer Text