1953 Riley RMD Drophead Coupe Project – $9,500

Jan 2021 | Classifind Cut, Classifinds, Topless Thursday

A seller writing, “Looks better in the photos than it is” can not provide a more honest car listing to manage expectations. That’s how the current caretaker of this very rare 1953 Riley RMF Drophead Coupe listed here on Craigslist in Leesburg, Virginia describes their project car in need of a complete restoration.  Despite being rough, the car appears to be complete and carries an asking price of $9,500.  The Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the ask is only $400 less than this guide’s current #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) appraisal of $9,900, so we believe there is likely some wiggle room for negotiation here.  If you are serious about buying this rare in the U.S. project, you can start the conversation by emailing the private seller.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Riley featured here on GuysWithRides.com.

If you’re not familiar with the marque, Riley started as a bicycle manufacturer in 1890 before switching to more lucrative automobiles a few years later. Riley became part of Nuffield in 1938. In 1952 Riley merged with Austin to form British Motor Corporation which eventually became part of British Leyland in 1968, shortly afterward the new conglomerate folded Riley.  The car featured here is part of Riley’s “RM” executive line of cars produced immediately after World War II through 1955 in various forms.  We hope the seller can provide a detailed history of this car as we’re sure there’s an interesting story of how and why this example ended up in the U.S.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1953 Riley Drophead. Rough car in need of complete restoration. Car looks better in the photos than it is. Terrible paint and bodywork. The car is complete. $9500.00 NO TITLE . Sold on bill of sale.”

Restore or Ratrod: what would you do with this very rare Riley?  Comment below and let us know!

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