Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1935
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Dark Red
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Registration Number: EU Registered Chassis Number: 6027421
This highly original Riley Imp started its life as a works car and is well known in Riley circles. Fitted with the pre-selector gearbox and still in its original livery of maroon with black leather interior, this rare British sports car of the Thirties is in lovely original and excellent condition. Originally registered ARW 491 (a Riley works number), the old style buff logbook shows it was reregistered in 1960 as 400 MPA. Indeed, the car has a fascinating history and it is, of course, listed in the British Riley Register, a copy of which is included in the accompanying file.
Registered to its last British owner, Gerald Thorpe, in 1960, it was sold by him for $300 on August 27th 1965 to Alexander Mason of New York where it resided for next three decades. Upon returning home to England, Gerald Thorpe was reunited with the car he had sold 30 years earlier and according to a letter - a copy of which is also in the file