How rare are Riley Elf Mk.IIIs with original Automatic transmission ?

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How rare are Riley Elf Mk.IIIs with original Automatic transmission ?

Post  David2010 on Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:48 pm


Hi from Dublin (Ireland). A good friend has only last week purchased a Riley Elf Mk.III Automatic.
Although now carrying Irish Number Plates, the car was imported from the U.K. circa 2006.

My question is simply does anyone know how many automatic Elfs ( & Hornets) were produced.
It is the first example that has come to my attention in Ireland.

This car, though complete, will require many months of TLC (holes in floor - badly weathered paint - etc.)
I will do my best to persuade him to join the Register and if accepted - to supply regular progress reports
and photos.
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Re: How rare are Riley Elf Mk.IIIs with original Automatic transmission ?

Post  kaschperl on Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:10 pm

Owning a nearly identical model in Germany now, it would be very interesting for me too...

Any info?

There should be at least two ... Laughing tongue
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Re: How rare are Riley Elf Mk.IIIs with original Automatic transmission ?

Post  asahartz on Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:41 pm

There are a few about. With the Elf being more expensive than the Mini, owners seem to have been better able to afford the extra cost of the auto transmission.

Mine is auto, though the original engine & box are long gone. It's on its third engine/box since I've had it, though if I knew then what I know now I wouldn't have had to scrap the excellent engine it came with when the transmission failed - I know of at least two specialists that can repair them, one of which I drive past every day! Having said that, an auto box rebuild costs around £800...
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Re: How rare are Riley Elf Mk.IIIs with original Automatic transmission ?

Post  cooper50 on Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:27 am

i have an Elf automatic, 68 model, the shell is far too gone to repair, but has yielded a few good bits for the restoration of my wifes 66 mk3.
I have the engine and gearbox sat in the corner of my garage if anyone can make use of it for spares,

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Re: How rare are Riley Elf Mk.IIIs with original Automatic transmission ?

Post  Nick on Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:02 pm

Whilst on this subject, does anyone know the chassis number of the last mk3 elf?

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Re: How rare are Riley Elf Mk.IIIs with original Automatic transmission ?

Post  Cider with Rosie on Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:27 am

Hi I've just purchased a Mk3 Elf auto too last week.  So that's at least 3. 
Apparently there was quite a few

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