1935 Riley ‘TT’ Sprite Ex-Works Team Car - AVC 19 (Chassis Number 22T1750)
As with the majority of competition cars, this Riley ‘TT’ Sprite underwent continual development and was re-bodied on at least two occasions following its acquisition by Eudel et Cie – Riley’s French Agents, who competed with it during 1937-1939.
Importantly, the main sections of the original body, plus a number of additional original components are now included in the sale of this historic car in order that AVC 19 may be returned to its original specification.
These components comprise: Original tail section and wooden tail frame, original body centre section and dashboard all from AVC19, original instruments and the set of long wings (as fitted for the French Grand Prix and used in other races).
Whilst the car is eligible for a number of VSCC events, should there be a desire in the future to compete on the European circuit then the original components included in this sale will meet the criteria for FIA and FIVA.
Following the restoration which was completed in 2008, the car was to enter its first race in the UK since before the War, driven by Alan Clear, well known campaigner of Rileys, at VSCC Mallory Park. The car has also competed at VSCC Wiscombe Park and Prescott Hill Climbs. Allen Clear also raced it at Silverstone on more than one occasion.
However, if the aforementioned original components included here, available for the first time in 60 years, are incorporated into the vehicle, we believe it should, when completed, obtain FIA level 4 status, which is particularly relevant to enter the car into events such as Mille Miglia, Classic Le Mans and other prestigious international races.
This is a unique opportunity to acquire an historic Competition Riley with extensive and fascinating provenance. In addition to the pre-war history we have further comprehensive documentation dating back to 1952.
There is a substantial file of historic documentation, which includes details of the car’s development by the Factory. The history of this car has also been extensively researched by respected Riley experts including Philip Hill, who also owns a reconstruction of one of the original MPH team cars, and David Styles, who wrote the definitive Riley history ‘As Old as the Industry’ and ‘Sporting Rileys – The Forgotten Champions’.
Key points of interest for AVC 19
- 1935 RAC Tourist Trophy, driven by Von der Becke as No 14, Finishing 9th place
- 1936 French Grand Prix, driven by Sebilleau and Paul as No 2, Finishing 3rd place in the ‘up to 2 Litre’ class
- 1936 RAC Tourist Trophy, driven by Von der Becke as No 22, Finishing 11th
- 1937 Le Mans 24-Hours, driven by Raoul Forestier, but was retired following an accident that involved 6 cars just beyond White House Corner.
- 1937 French Grand Prix, driven again by Raoul Forestier and finished in Second Place in the ‘Coupe de la Commission Sportive’, 2 Litre Class.
The car was acquired in 1967 by Henry Geary who was an apprentice mechanic for the Riley Competition Department in the 1930s and was determined to eventually acquire one or more of the Team cars for himself.
It took Henry 15 years of negotiation to finally purchase the TT Sprite from its French owner. Interestingly, Henry also bought the Ulster Imp, which was another of the original Riley Works Team cars that he had worked on as a young apprentice. Henry’s daughter still competes in the Ulster Imp that Henry raced until he was 80 years old.
This car was featured in 'The Automobile' in July 2008 in a very interesting article illustrating much of the history and subsequent restoration. We also have a CD showing extensive and detailed photographs of its restoration, which was completed 10 years ago.
The 'TT' Sprite is available to be viewed in our Garage in Hampshire by prior appointment.
Price on application.
Further details and price on request - 01420-474919 or 07710-364945