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 to manage to ‘borrow’ his car for a reference point for a restoration at Blue Diamond.
His car due to both the length of ownership and the small number of previous owners is widely recognised as the most original Imp in exsitence so the team and I had a very good template to use.
We are also in the very lucky position to have had three other Imps in at the workshop, two are in the middle of full restorations and one was in for some minor servicing work.
This was too good a photo opportunity to miss so the cars were lined up in chassis number order (from left to right) and the results are here for all to see.
Finally we are not resting on our laurels and the next two months will see another two Imps arriving for re-commisioning and I am hopeful of a barn find Imp coming to Blue Diamond for a full restoration later in the summer.
If we can make sure that all the cars are together that will mean that almost 10% of the remaining production is at Blue Diamond.
Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that this would be something I was able to bring together.
Are we now able to call ourselves a Riley ‘Imporium’, I wonder!