1937 Riley 12/4 ‘The Bigley Special’ - 19th March 2009
- Registration no. BDG 822
- Chassis no. 56722829
- Engine no. 35-2856
Spotted at the launch of this year's Goodwood motor sport events, ‘The Bigley Special’ is a
truly remarkable car of great character, reflected in the many ‘Spirit of the Rally’ awards received.
Well known and admired throughout Europe, it is almost certainly the most extensively rallied
and used Riley there is.
Consistently driven hard with phenomenal reliability it has often beaten far more powerful
The car has been maintained throughout by the leading marque specialists, Blue Diamond
Services, who have copies of all bills and are happy to discuss any aspect of the car.
Originally built as a trials car, the car was restored 15 years ago. The chassis is from a 1937
Riley, powered by a 1498cc engine. Using a 1920‘s Talbot scuttle and body. The wings are from a Riley MPH, whilst
the bonnet and radiator are Riley Monaco items. These give the car its current purposeful look.
The 1934/5 engine (12/4) has been modified for reliability and robustness to Riley Sprite spec with
shell big ends and white metal main bearings ( best combination). While improved water flow for cooling
into the head overcomes Riley’s propensity for burning no 4 exhaust valve. The engine was completely
rebuilt and regularly maintained by Blue Diamond
The gearbox is fitted with close ratios to overcome the usual big gap between 2nd and 3rd
High ratio back axle and large diameter brakes
A major body-off chassis rebuild and rewiring were undertaken in 2001
Also available are, a spare close ratio gear box, o/d, 3 wheels and tyres and the original headlights
9 Le Jogs completed - more than any other car. Including three Marque Team wins and Ist pre-war car in
4 Rallye des Alpes pre-1950 wins. Event show car at Stoneleigh Park Show
2 Classic Marathons to Biaritz and Cannes with two third places
Many UK VSCC events, Targa Rusticana and other UK rallies
Some VSCC racing and, before current ownership, trials and the Pomeroy Trophy
The car has finished all events, bar the first Measham Rally (a freak problem) and been driven
to and from all these events. In addition ‘The Bigley’ has undertaken several high Alpine tours.
Documentation comprises a Swansea V5C, current FIVA and VSCC papers, recent MoT.
An ardent supporter of
charity Odyssey, the
current owner is donating a large proportion of the sale proceeds to the charity. Ross & Ewing will not be charging any
Odyssey is a charity which uses the stimulus of the outdoor environment to
enhance the lives of people with cancer. It provides 5-day activity programmes which encourage participants to
achieve what they had considered impossible, thus restoring confidence, energy and self-esteem - allowing them to
move beyond their cancer diagnosis www.odyssey.org.uk
For further information please contact James or Marcus...:
James Ewing 07802 347727 email@example.com
Marcus Ross 07799 893304 firstname.lastname@example.org
t. 01428 770015