Riley’s 9hp four-cylinder twin-cam engine was one of the most advanced of its day, so it can have caused little surprise when the Coventry manufacturer created its first six by, in effect, adding a pair of cylinders to the existing design. Hailed as ‘The Wonder Car Plus Two’, the first 14hp, 1.6-litre six-cylinder models duly appeared in 1929, followed by 12hp, 1.5-litre versions in 1933. Today, as with all Coventry-built Rileys, the Lynx is highly sought after, particularly in its rare 6-cylinder form. For 1934 the desirable pre-selector gearbox was an option.
Fitted with the sporty pre-selector gearbox, this wonderful 12/6 Lynx was purchased by its current owner in 2010 and subsequently had its engine overhauled by Blue Diamond in 2012. At the same time, the essential high-ratio differential was fitted helping this particular example reach the excellent performant that is has today.
Over the years the owner has fastidiously maintained the car having a new SU fuel pump fitted, rewound the dynamo and modified it to twin-carbs for improved performance. Its original carb and manifold are offered with the car and can be re-fitted little effort if the new owner would wish to do so.
With only two previous owners recorded from new, and offered with an extensive history containing a swathe of old invoices dating back many years, one would be hard-pressed to find a lovelier example than the one offered here today.