1933 Riley Nine March Special (1933)




1933 Riley Nine March Special

The March Special bodies were built by Kevill-Davies and March (of which the Grandfather of the current Earl of March was a partner) mounted on the ‘32/‘33 Riley ‘Plus Ultra’ chassis. Approximately 53 of this model are believed to have been built of which some 27 are identified by both chassis and registration numbers. A list of surviving March Specials is included in the documentation and it is believed that only a handful are currently in good, roadworthy condition.
Intended to sit between the outright competition models and the 4 seat Lynx Tourer, the March Special was quite an exclusive sporting car, priced at £335 in 1933 and was listed for the 1932/33 Seasons only.
This car was registered on 27/3/33 and has chassis number 6019646. A major rebuild was undertaken during 2009/10 by Riley marque specialist Keith Pointing – there are supporting invoices for work totalling c£27k.
Acquired by the present owner in 2018, a full engine rebuild followed in 2019 by Classic & Modern Engines in Bracknell.  This included crack testing the block, fitting all new rockers and crack testing the cylinder head, rebore and relining and fitting new pistons and new white metal bearings.  The engine has now been carefully run-in and additional work has included relining the brakes and overhaul of the carburettors.

A Kenlowe fan is fitted along with a 4-branch stainless steel exhaust manifold and system. 

The gearbox has been rebuilt with close ratio gears and a Brooklands remote change is fitted as original. A 4.77:1 rear axle ratio makes for comfortable cruising at around 50/55 mph. Another worthwhile modification has been the hydraulic brake conversion – using the original backplates.

The coachwork is very smart and the cockpit trimmed in maroon leather. Flashing indicators and halogen headlamp bulbs have been fitted for safety and the wheels have been rebuilt and are shod with Blockley tyres.

All in all this is a very good example of this highly desirable sporting Riley which is a delight to drive, offering, as it does, excellent performance with good braking and handling.

The car is well known to The Riley Register and is supplied with an extensive file of history and documentation. Ownership history dates back to 1955 and a Buff RF60 Log Book is supplied.

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  • Year: 1933
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Convertible
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Maroon


  • Engine size (Litres): 1.1

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