|1932 to 1935|
|Designer||Percy and Stanley Riley|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door saloon 2-door coupe 2-door convertible|
|Engine||1.4 L Straight-6|
|Wheelbase||114 in (2,896 mm)|
A Riley 12/6 was a car made by the British Riley company from 1932 to 1935.
It had a 1458cc straight-six engine with twin cams and either single, twin or triple S.U carburettors. The transmission was either a four speed manual or optional preselector gearbox. They were capable of a top speed of around 70 mph. The chassis was a lengthened version of the one used on the Riley Nine.
They were available in Mentone saloon, Kestrel saloon, Lincock fixed head coupé, Ascot drophead coupé with dickey seat, Lynx tourer, Falcon saloon, Gamecock tourer and March two seat tourer, MPH two seater trial/sports 2-seater and Trinity 3-position-Drophead-Coupé.
The 12/6 engine was designed to fit in between the 9 and 14/6 engines. This was because of racing and trialing.The 9 was 1087cc, fitting in in the 1100cc class, and the 14/6 being 1633cc, it would have fitted in the over 1500cc classes. So what the people really needed was a car that could fit between those two models and be at home in the 1500cc classes. In came the 12/6...
As the 14/6 was basically a 9 with two extra cylinders on the end, they (9&14/6) shared the same parts and spares. The 12/6 didn't share parts with any other Riley, so many 12/6s have been bored out to the size of a 14/6 to compensate for spares.
In Film and Television
1933 Riley 12/6 Kestrel in Foyle's War, TV Series.