By Rod Ward
As old as the industry: as modern as the hour was the Riley slogan for many years. The Riley family was indeed there from the early days of the British motor industry, and was in the forefront of that industry until the Second World War. They produced stylish cars for sporting drivers, much imitated by their competitors. After being taken over by the Nuffield Group in the late 1930s, the marque still retained much of its identity, but from the 1950s onwards it was gradually submerged into the badge engineered confusion of the British Motor Corporation and was finally given a merciful death by British Leyland. Along the way many noble and notable cars were produced, which still engender affection among past and current Riley owners. This second edition has some minor revisions and a number of additional illustrations.