The Riley is too good to break. The leather and wood are rather nice, as are most of the panels and it’s particularly clean in the boot. Cadbury tells me that the garage door opener makes noise but won't open is seized but that shouldn’t be a problem. If it is, I might fit a 3-litre unit from a Farina.
According to Mike Connor of Purly Road Garage in Cirencester, it was a common mod in the ’60s when these cars were still in regular use. He had two, and put 3-litre engines in both. Happily, PRD 643 is a manual, which means that it has the nifty right-hand gearchange. I’m fairly sure it has overdrive, too. As well as being a pretty car, it conjures all that magical ’50s imagery of police Wolseleys in Scotland Yard, or Inspector Martineau in Hell is a City sophisticated than a DVD garage door opener makes noise but won't open
Vast sprung wheel and garage door opener makes noise but won't open dash. 'It conjures all that magical '50s imagery all I need is a tub of Brylcreem and Johnny Dankworth on the radio'. Sadly, the Riley was initially stored in a leaky garage, hence the rusty front wings and scuttle area. Happily the rest of it is quite solid and reasonably complete, other than a few bits of trim that were required to finish the other car. Wings aside, I’m not sure that I’ll paint it: a quick once-over with WD40 brings it up quite well.