Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – 1935 Riley Imp, part 4 (Body)

Once the body had been removed, it was off to a specialist for the ash frame to be checked and the skin replaced where required. The brief from the customer was crystal clear, as much of the original frame and skin were to be retained as possible. The wings had to be re-made as the ones that came with the …

Imps – Three’s a crowd, Four’s a party…

I have been very lucky in the fact that I grew up with a Riley Imp in the garage. My earliest memories of vintage car motoring were all gained in the passenger seat of my dad’s car. This year he has owned his Imp for 61 years, it is the first car he ever bought and I was extremely lucky …

Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – 1935 Riley Imp, part 3 (chassis)

With the engine, gearbox and associated mechanical components removed, all that remained was to remove the body. This then left a bare chassis and then the painting could start, or so we thought… When in chassis for the front end just didn’t look right, after more and more pondering, the conclusion was reached that the chassis had to be checked. …

Blue Diamond Riley Services agree to acquire K. Pointing Vintage Motor Engineering

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Fivehead, Somerset, 7th July 2016 Blue Diamond Riley Services Limited are delighted to announce that they will be acquiring K. Pointing Vintage Motor Engineering. John Lomas and Keith Pointing will both be present at the Le Mans Classic in 2016 to speak with customers about the purchase. The Blue Diamond team will be working alongside Keith’s engineers to support the …

Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – 1935 Riley Imp, part 2 (strip down)

Once the customer had decided on a full restoration, work started on reducing the car back to its component parts! Each part was carefully removed, assessed and then bagged and labelled. Putting all of these parts back in the same place would be a challenge without this stage. The initial inspection and discussions with the customer had resulted in the …

Using a Vintage Car as a Daily Driver

Since the purchase of our 1931 Riley 9 War Department Tourer (WD) in September of last year, the car has covered just over 7,000 miles or 875 miles a week. Admittedly, 1,600 of these were covered in 4 days on the Monte Carlo Classique Rally. But that still leaves 5,400 of ‘normal’ driving. I have covered almost all of these …