1935 Riley 12/4 22T Kestrel 


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1935 Riley 12/4 22T Kestrel 

As the Art Deco movement gathered momentum, influences began to show in automotive design and one of the most stylish and successful was the Riley Kestrel, which was first shown at the 1932 Motor Show.  Amongst the streamlined bodies that were offered at the time – the Riley with its eye-catching styling certainly made a statement.

A new 12 hp engine was introduced late in 1934 fitted to a chassis of an entirely new design designated 22T. This new 12/4 range comprised the Falcon, Lynx and Kestrel.  

The Kestrel body was now more rakish than before incorporating numerous subtle differences.  The new Kestrel with four light body, was only available for that one season, before undergoing a re-style being wider and larger with six-light coachwork.

Today, these earlier four light models are rare and, consequently, have become highly sought after.

This example is in very good all-round order and underwent a major rebuild by marque specialists, Blue Diamond, between 2000 and 2003.
There are notes on further work carried in 2008 both mechanical and electrical plus a repair to a front wing.

In August 2013 this car won a ‘First Class Award’ in the Pre-War Class at Uffington Show.

Today the car presents very well, finished in British Racing Green with excellent green leather upholstery.  All fixtures and fittings would appear to be as original and the car is listed in the notes on surviving 22T Kestrel’s included in the file.  There is also a Buff RF60 Log Book dating back to 1958, together with a number of previous MOT certificates and maintenance notes.

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