Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – 1935 Riley Imp, part 7 (Painting)

The Imp was to be finished in a cellulose paint, some painters do not use cellulose as they prefer the easier (and cheaper) use of modern two pack. Whilst a two pack paint has its place in the world of restoration, I personally prefer cellulose as it gives a much more period finish. It is also in my opinion a …

Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – 1935 Riley Imp, part 6 (Parts)

The sheer number and complexity of parts used on any car is mind blowing and it is not until you have stripped a car that you actually realise this. In truth you require around three times the floor space to hold a car in pieces vs a complete car. As the Imp was stripped, each component was carefully identified, assessed, …

Road Test: Riley Nine WD Tourer

Written by guest contributor, Gordon McAllan You’d think that after well over 1,800 miles aboard the WD during the Monte Carlo Rallye Classique in January that I would be familiar with the car, but my first opportunity to drive it over a distance arose during The Scottish Riley Enthusiasts National Weekend in Kingussie. My impressions follow! The WD or “Military” …

Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – 1935 Riley Imp, part 5 (Wings)

The wings and any re-skinning required were being carried out at a third generation coachbuilder who had previously worked on a number of friends cars. The skill of re-making a set of Imp wings with their curves and reverse curves is one that is hard to find. Many try but not a lot succeed! It was very enlightening to see …

The Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering Advert

Those of you who are familiar with our advertising will know that Blue Diamond have used an image of two Imps together for the majority of our advertising campaigns. The advert is accompanied by our slogan, “Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering”. But how did the advert come to fruition? Soon after the purchase of the business, my business partner and I …