1932 Riley 9hp Gamecock (Available)
LG 9575 was in fairly regular use until 2015 when its magneto failed. At this time, the car was laid up and remained unused and cocooned in the garage for over a year. Towards the end of 2016, I was invited by the owner to inspect and discuss the car and my terms. At this point the faulty magneto prevented full inspection. The car was duly collected a couple of weeks later and the magneto dispatched to Ribbelsdale Autos (Preston) where it was serviced and returned just a few days later. On reinstallation it was evident that there were other issues with the engine. So the car was dispatched to our workshop for further investigation. The engine was duly stripped, and the problems diagnosed to a damaged cam follower and camshaft. The engine was repaired, with all new parts from Blue Diamond. The new camshafts are to the improved IMP specification so the car now goes really well!
Moving to the history file, the early history is unknown but the continuation logbook picks things up in 1964 with Peter Kerr of Bristol. Then LG 9575 passes through various owners, who can be traced by the old V5’s in the history file. There are photos on file from Wiltshire – Avon driving tests dated 1984 at this point painted Maroon and Black. Amusingly the V5 at this point still states Green as the colour. The photos show the slightly modified wings as you see on the car today. These are not the originals, however they have been with the car for many years and are part of the car’s provenance.
The car is well known to members of the Riley Register.
The car was acquired by the vendor in 2001 from Wooten Bassett and their client had owned the car since 1986. Old MOT’s on file show LG 9575 had covered 17,654 miles during this time. When the car was purchased in 2001 the owner sought to make the car his own. LG 9575 was dispatched for cosmetic restoration and the main body was painted Jaguar old English white with red wings and silver wheels! More recently the coachwork was updated with black wings and cream wheels to match the and everyone has agreed that the colour scheme is a good result. At the point of the vendor’s initial restoration work, I surmise that the cars mileage was zeroed, as it currently shows only 4000 miles. Further invoices and MOT’s on file confirm this fact. In the history file there is plenty of evidence that he liked to keep the car in good order including invoices pointing to the front axle overhaul and ditto for the rear axle including the CWP being changed to a 5:1 in 2007. Invoices also mention new bearings being fitted.
As mentioned earlier, we have just had the car through our workshops and checked over mechanically. This involved inspection of the engine internals and replacement of the car’s camshafts valves and followers. With the IMP cams fitted, these provide a more spirited drive. Oil pressure is very good. The brakes have also been inspected and balanced. The “silent 3rd” gearbox has had the oil changed and has a very nice feel. With its recent cosmetic refresh, the car stands well and should provide very good service for many more years to come. It is perfect for many VSCC and Riley Club events. LG 9575 and its files are now ready for inspection by appointment at our Foxfield Showroom.