1932 Riley 9 Monaco Saloon
Comprehensive restoration in 2006; on the button; new tyres; very smart; keeps abreast of modern traffic
The previous owner of this splendid Monaco acquired it from Riley exponent Jim Dunbar. Once in his workshop, he undertook a ground-up restoration which took four years to complete. Back on the road by 2004, he greatly enjoyed the car until parting company with it in 2009, selling it to our vendor. The restoration consisted of a nut and bolt strip and rebuild, the body coming off and being repaired with new ash as required. Living in Scotland, he decided to make the car as water-tight as possible by ‘filling in the sunroof’ (sorry but we are told it does rain quite a bit up there although we know the sun comes out too), and clearly made a super job of it. All aspects of the car were carefully rebuilt. The engine was fully stripped – white metalled and balanced and has proved both reliable and sweet running ever since. Purchased in May 2009 by the vendor so that she could do events with her young family, it is now only on offer because her daughter can now drive herself in her open Austin!!
A set of Longstone tyres was fitted in 2019 and the car has been a regular competitor in VSCC rallies and Preston and District CC events. It has taken part in the club championship over the last 13 years, winning the Concours in 2019 and the driver's championship three times.
Since lockdown, it hasn't been used so much so the vendor has decided it is a good time to part with it and let someone else enjoy it.
It started straight up and has run around the site very nicely for the video as you can see and is a smart and very usable saloon. These Riley Nines go so well and buzz along at today's road speeds with good brakes, and in the case of this Monaco, a cosy, draught free cabin. There is lots to like about this one.
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