Riley 11/40 hp Redwing (1924)

This dashing two-seater with body panels of polished aluminium, streamlined red mudguards and polished copper exhaust pipe was the progenitor of a famous sporting line. Its engine was a simple side-valve four-cylinder (66.8 x 110 mm) developed from a flve-year-old touring car design. It developed about 40 hp, but being very light (14 cwt), the Redwing was quite fast—70 mph being guaranteed by the makers. This car gained a healthy reputation that helped to pave the way for the famous Nine which was to succeed it in 1926.