1952 Riley RME 1.5

1952 riley 1.5 f

Date of manufacture: 1952
Production Years: 1952 – 1955
Produced: 39,568 total
  10,504 RMEs
Country of origin: England
Manufacturer: Riley
Engine capacity: 1489 cc
Power Output: 62 hp = 46 kW
Top Speed: 75 mph = 121 km/h
Price then: £1339

The RME was an updated RMA. It still used the 1.5 L four and featured a fully-hydraulic braking system. The body had an enlarged rear window with curved glass and from 1954 no running boards. To improve acceleration the rear axle ratio was changed from 4.89:1 to 5.125:1.

Pretty curves all over !

The production started in 1952, and it was replaced by the Riley One-Point-Five in 1955.

1952 riley 1.5 fs

An RME tested by The Motor magazine in 1952 had a top speed of 75 mph (121 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 29.5 seconds. A fuel consumption of 24.2 miles per imperial gallon (11.7 L/100 km; 20.2 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £1339 including taxes.

1952 riley 1.5 b

Lovely curves behind, too !

Captain Joe gives a Grammy for the magic design of this car. Without a doubt it is nicer than the Mercedes 170, and one of the prettiest that the museum owns.