Riley Two-Point-Six

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Riley Two-Point-Six
Riley Two Point Six Saloon 1959.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer BMC
Production 1958–59
2000
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door saloon
Powertrain
Engine C.26.R C-Series Straight-6
Dimensions
Wheelbase 113 12 inches (2,880 mm)
Length 185 inches (4,700 mm)
Chronology
Predecessor Riley Pathfinder
Successor Riley Four Sixty-Eight

The Two-Point-Six replaced the Riley Pathfinder as Riley's top-line automobile when it was announced on 23 August 1957.[1] While its predecessor retained the renowned Riley 4 cylinder twin cam, cross flow engine, Riley suspension and gearbox with its almost unique right hand gear lever, the Two-Point-Six was virtually identical to the Wolseley Six-Ninety Series III. It featured both monotone and duotone paintwork, as did the last of the Pathfinders.

Externally the most obvious differences from the Pathfinder were the bonnet arrangement – while the Pathfinder's grille lifted with the bonnet, the Two-Point-Six, in common with the 6/90, had a fixed grille – and the wheel arches having a raised edge.

It used the BMC C-Series straight-6, an engine that produced 101 hp (75 kW). This was actually less than the 2½ Litre Riley "Big Four" straight-4 engine it replaced. The Two-Point-Six was a commercial failure and was withdrawn from the market in May 1959, the last large Riley.

Engine:

first registered 26 September 1957

References[edit]

  1. ^ New B.M.C. Models. The Times, Friday, Aug 23, 1957; pg. 11; Issue 53927