Riley Elf Mark III
Riley Elf Mark III
Technical Specification

Mark & Model Riley Elf Mark III
Year 1969
Registration plate Jersey registered
Chassis Number RA2S3-1285573A
Engine Number 99H249A-H265
Engine Capacity 998 cc
Transmissions 4-speed manual
Mileage 67,947
Body style 2-door saloon
Interior color Pale blue
Exterior color White over blue
Seating capacity 4
Wheels and Tyres Original steel wheels
Asking Price £ POA
It was only a little while after the launch of the original Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor in August 1959, that the popularity of these seminal cars spawned a number of variants, amongst which were the Wolseley Hornet and Riley Elf, which appeared in October 1961. These were more luxurious versions of the first Mini’s, featuring an elongated body, incorporating a ‘proper’ boot and mildly finned rear wings. They also had full size, chrome radiator grilles and other additional chrome embellishments. The mechanical specification of the cars was largely the same as the standard Minis, but the interiors received further up-market treatment with leather seating and wood veneer dashboards. The two models remained in production until 1969, by which time around 31,000 Elfs and 28,000 Hornets had been built. The Riley Elf offered here was first registered, new, in Jersey in September 1969 – making it one of the last Series III vehicles, fitted with a 998 cc engine, rated at a claimed 38 bhp, with a claimed top speed of 77 mph. The Mark III also introduced wind-up windows and fresh-air fascia vents in the dashboard. This vehicle has remained in continued local use, in the hands of its last long-term owner since 2008. It has been maintained as a regular working, driving car, with some restoration and cosmetic work being carried out by the last owner. The recorded mileage is believed to be true – supported by a previous owner’s handwritten notebook record of maintenance and repair work between 1971 and 1986 and some subsequent service stickers in the car from 1998.
With a relatively low mileage, this late-model Riley Elf is in excellent, well-cared for shape and ready to be used on a daily basis, should the new owner wish, or kept as a ‘Sunday best’ drive. The car is currently Jersey registered and the 4-digit Jersey registration is not included in the sale. We can assist with overseas shipping and importation processes if desired.
The bodywork is in very good condition, as is all the exterior brightwork. The white over blue paint finish looks excellent.
The up-market interior is complete and in very good condition – the leather seats showing just a little patination. New carpets have clearly been fitted at some point, as has an aftermarket wood-rimmed steering wheel.
The car has just received considerable attention with a full brake system rebuild, including new drums, wheel cylinders and hoses. New ball joints have been fitted together with new tyres all round and various hoses, bushes and service items have been renewed. The Elf now drives well, just as it should.
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