Riley 4/68 Review

1960 Riley 4/68 1.5 B-series petrol OHV from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1960
First year of ownership1971
Most recent year of ownership1973
Engine and transmission 1.5 B-series petrol OHV Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles

Summary:

High quality family car, but less charismatic than forerunners

Faults:

Rotten chassis outriggers.

Lack of synchromesh on 2nd gear.

Rot in doors and boot corners.

Incorrectly adjusted voltage regulator cooked the battery.

General Comments:

Very high quality leather & wood interior made this car a 'nice place to be'.

Extremely robust construction was spoiled by excess bodyshell complexity and weight.

Poorly painted when new, causing early corrosion problems.

Many brights parts were actually stainless steel, so that exterior appearance held up well considering the age of the vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2002

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 1 review