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Sale Date: 24th April 2014

Lot Number: 15
1954 Riley Ramsay SP6

The property of Karl Ludvigsen
  • 1954 Riley Ramsay SP6
  • 1954 Riley Ramsay SP6
  • 1954 Riley Ramsay SP6
  • 1954 Riley Ramsay SP6
  • 1954 Riley Ramsay SP6

Not Sold

Reg Number:HFV 554
Chassis Number:RME23426
Engine Number:13604
Body Colour: Cream
Trim Colour:Red
MOT ExpiryDate:Exempt

This fascinating 'what-might-have-been' was constructed by noted Stirlingshire motor engineer Denis Ramsay in the early 1980s. Some would say it is the sports two-seater Riley should have built after the war. Following a two-year build it was completed in 1983, its attractive aluminium body clothing an RM frame with a shortened wheelbase of 95 in and underslung rear suspension.

The upgraded Riley 2443cc engine was moved rearwards by 3 inches and mated to a four-speed manual transmission. Cream coachwork compliments the well-trimmed red leather interior which could easily be mistaken for the work of the Riley factory, whilst the hood and side screens, finished in red PVC, stow neatly in the capacious boot.

Shortly after its completion the car was sold to a gentleman in Crewe from whom it passed to a coal merchant in Lincoln. Purchased by collector Karl Zachau in 1991, it remained in his ownership until 2000 when it was acquired by noted author and historian Karl Ludvigsen who has enjoyed it on numerous rallies and club events both in the UK and abroad.

A recent trip around the Suffolk lanes confirms how tight and rattle-free the Riley SP6 feels whilst the performance is extremely impressive. The unique mascot - a bunny with a floppy ear feeling the wind - is most apt when the throttle is depressed. Those hankering for a contemporary Healey would not be disappointed.

Featured in The Automobile in February 2011 amongst other publications, this most attractive Riley is offered with its creator's original build notes and specification sheets together with assorted invoices, Swansea V5 document and current MoT.

PLEASE NOTE: This vehicle does not have an MOT.

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