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A Selection of Riley Car Books

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Not all Riley books as such but some catalogues, booklets, programmes and club bulletins, the books include well known authors such as Edward H Reeves, David G Styles, Dr A T Birmingham, Mark Gillies and even one by Richard Riley the last remaining Riley family member.

Left - Race To The Top by Richard Riley, ISBN ref 1 903088 15 1 and Right - Rob Malpas book to accompany his excellent website .

2 x Sprite books still available to purchase.


The Production and Competition History of the Pre-1939 Riley Motor Cars by DR A.T. Birmingham, 1st edition and 2nd edition dustcovers.


 Left - The Riley Romance 1890 - 1930 by Edward Reeves, 64 pages and Right - 12 page booklet from 1963.



Beyond the Blue Diamond by David Styles 1998. ISBN 13 97818428004 or ISBN 18428003, and Sporting Rileys, The Forgotten Champions by David G Styles ISBN ref 0901564702. Concentrating on the sporting cars with a list of known cars at the time of publishing.

As Old as the Industry 1898-1969 by David G Styles, ISBN ref 0950794104. A massive compendium from the beginning to the end including a list of cars known of at the time of publishing, 1st edition on the left, 2nd edition on the right.

If you are interested in the history of wheels including the famous Riley detachable ones and you would like a copy please  Contact Me and I will pass on your details to the
Belgian author Roland Dhondt.
Originally published in 2019 after many years of research in Flemish it has now been updated and translated into English in limited quantities, available from early 2022.



Staff cars of the thirties by Peter Hardy and the Riley pictures featured

Left - Silverstone programme 1953 - some Rileys raced that day and Right - Official catalogue from the 1925 Motor Exhibition featuring some Riley cars.

F. W. Dixon 'Flying Freddie' 1892 - 1956, 48 page Paperback book published by Stockton on Tees Borough Council Museum Service to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of this outstanding racing driver and engineer, it is a superb photographic record of his motorcycle racing career in TT races, Hill climbs, Brooklands 500 mile race and 1000cc Sidecar Championship. It also includes his car racing career in his Riley 9 and Riley 1½ litre.


 Freddie Dixon - "The man with the heart of a lion" by David Mason, a comprehensive book on the life and times of Dixon, first published 2008 by Haynes publishing.
Also a caricature of Freddie of the great man, was he ever seen without a cigarette!

Riley Sports Cars 1926 - 1938 by Graham Robson ISBN ref 0 946609 21 7. Covering the Redwinger, Brooklands 9, Imp, MPH and Sprite models.


The Riley Register Series, Vol. 1. Published in 1993, by Vernon Barker. Covering Riley 12/4 production cars 1934 - 1940.
A very detailed history covering the Falcon, Kestrel, Lynx, Merlin, Touring Saloon (Continental), Touring Saloon (Briggs body), Victor, Nuffield Saloon and Nuffield Drop Head Touring Saloon. Over 20 pictures and list of some of these cars.
BRN ref 947556.
A "must have" if you own one of these cars.

The Riley Register Series, Vol. 2. Published in 1999, by Vernon Barker. Covering Riley 16/4 production cars Big Four and 16hp.1937 - 1940.
A very detailed history covering the Adelphi, Kestrel, Close Coupled Saloon (Continental), 4 Seater Tourer (Lynx), Maltby Redfern Saloon, 16hp. Saloon and 16hp. Drophead Touring Saloon. 14 pictures and list of some of these cars.
BRN ref 947612
A "must have" if you own one of these cars.

The Riley Register Series, Vol. 3 - by Vernon Barker,  “ The Riley 12/4 Book” , history of development & production 1932-1945.

The Riley Register Series, Vol. 4 -The Riley Imp by John Gathercole 2008. ISBN 97809553559. (Sadly John is no longer with us.)

John's book mentions an article which (includes some inacuracies) in "Model Cars" published in June 1964, above is the cover and index, below the article.
On the subject of Riley Imps here is a interesting article -  The Riley Imp story 

The Riley Register Series, Vol. 5 “The Riley MPH” by Robin Cameron.

Riley - A centennial celebration.
In this small 38 page 1996 booklet the author David Styles brings you a taste of the Riley company and paints a picture of its place in the development of its chosen industry and the city which was its birthplace.  (ISBN 1854431307).

The Golden Age of the Riley Motor Car by Mark Gillies, pictures kindly supplied by Neil Whitaker.


Pages from "The Book of the Riley Nine"  Plus Ultra Series


CP Press, The story of pre-war Rileys

A Riley Album by Rod Ward, first published 2008, ISBN 978-1-900482-42-4, second edition 2014.
Left - Advertising Riley 1906 - 1968 compiled by Daniel Young, middle -
Pre-war Rileys in Wiltshire by Simon Reeves, first edition 2005 ISBN 0 9549028 0 7. Picture kindly supplied by Richard Tomlin,
and right - Riley and Wolsley cars by David Rowe.


left - Riley cars 1937 - 1939 and right - The Touring Riley Nines


Unique Motor Books Ultimate Pre-War Riley ISBN ref 1 84155 395 6, a collection of road tests and servicing information from original motoring magazines such as Autocar and the Riley Record and a 1920's and 1930's only book.

Left - A Nostalgic Look at Riley Cars by Lynda Springate, ISBN ref 1857940938 Right - The Legendary RM's by John Price Williams ISBN ref 1 86126 761 4. A comprehensive history of all things RM in considerable detail.  

Left - RILEY 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 litre Gold Portfolio 1945-1955, ISBN ref 1870642503. A selection of articles from the likes of Autocar, Motor Sport etc featuring road tests, buying guides, servicing and new model reviews and Right -  Riley RM-Series by James Taylor 1990 ISBN ref 0 947981 36 5. Another detailed history of all things RM.

left - RM club magazine from the 1980's and Right - RM series including the Pathfinder and BMC 2.6.


Roads to Oblivion, Triumphs & Tragedies of British Car Makers byChristopher Balfour.
This book covers a multitude of British car makes who no longer are with us including of course Riley.
The Riley section consists of 5 pages starting with a brief history on page 1 and 4 pages of mainly RM related information.

Riley Cars by Brooklands Books, a softback book containing reprints of articles from "Autocar" and "Motor" with little difference between each report.

The complete series covers 1923 -1935, 1936 -1939, 1940 -1945, 1945 -1950 and 1950 -1955.


Mr Bob - the life and times of Bob Gerard, well known Riley racing driver.
Published by: Porter Press International Ltd, 1st 2013, ISBN: 9781907085154


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