Riley 1.5 Review from UK and Ireland

1965 Riley 1.5 Saloon 1.5 petrol

Model year1965
Year of manufacture1965
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired175000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles


Dependable old friend, great car, everyone should try one at least once


Nothing worth mentioning to be honest.

I rustproofed it just to be on the safe side, though.

General Comments:

This is a very reliable, very simple, user-friendly car. I'd say whoever owned it first got a lot of car for his money, and I think it suits me down to the ground as a first car.

It's pretty slow by today's standards, but it's still a serious machine, even on motorways, and it certainly isn't dull to drive. I love driving this car and wouldn't dare trade it for anything. Simply superb, with a pretty sweet character to boot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2005

31st May 2005, 09:57

I remember going on a family holiday around Scotland in a borrowed two-tone grey Riley 1.5 in 1960...I was five years old. It seemed very modern and comfortable for its time, and fast.. the previous year we had gone on holiday in a two tone green Wolseley 1500, and there was no comparison in performance according to the chauffeur. At one stage my father drove for a good number of miles in third before he realised he had another gear to change up into, it was so (comparatively) quiet compared to our usual transport.

The only problem I remember was the difficulty in getting the twin-carburettors balanced... I presume they were SUs, and my father always seemed to be fiddling with them.

Otherwise a fine car, based (I think) on Morris Minor underpinnings.

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review