1937 Riley 15/6 Kestrel


AWS 382


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Chassis number: 47K3177

Engine number: 6K3177

Date of first registration: 21/5/1937

A superb example of the desirable 6 cylinder Kestrel, this car was first registered on the 21/5/1937 and retains its original registration, AWS 382. Early history on file shows 2 owners up to 1955 when the car was sold to Bill Angell, who kept the car for 60 years and can be credited with preserving the car so well up until his passing. The current owner has used the car well, covering 2000 miles in the past year with a most recent trip to Coventry to be displayed at the Motofest Concours in the cathedral ruins where it was awarded a special judges prize for its exceptional originality.

This particular car is a time warp example. Presented almost entirely in its original condition, the age of the paintwork (84 years!) shows through but still shines well, a benefit of the impeccable care the car has received throughout its life. The wings have been repaired and sprayed but are the original wings for the car. The interior is untouched, beautifully patinated and would serve as a reference car for a period correct restoration. Despite its patination, the leatherwork and stitching are in good condition and the seats remain both comfortable and usable.

Mechanically the car is in top order and the mileage covered by its current owner confirms this. The running gear has been gone through and rebuilt where necessary. The semaphore indicators are functional with built in flasher units. The original 15/6 engine has been rebuilt with Kent Sprite camshafts and runs very smoothly without rattles, sewing machine silent at idle! Fitted with a preselect gearbox with crack tested traffic clutch, this is a very easy car to drive and can happily maintain modern road speeds.

A highly usable car, capable of extended road use and welcome at any shows or rallies.