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1948 Riley 2½-Litre RMB

1948 Riley -Litre RMB in Stone of Destiny, Movie, 2008 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1948 Riley 2½-Litre RMB

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


garco NL

2009-05-19 20:38

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DynaMike NL

2009-05-19 20:41

Another 1946+ Riley RMA or RMB.

chris40 UK

2009-05-19 21:46

For the fuzz I'd expect an RMB with the 2½ litre engine. The RMA with the 1½ wasn’t exceptionally quick, being rather heavy.

Victor AU

2010-01-05 01:39

Have you noticed the black car in the background.
Looks like a Riley RMD (Drophead Coupe).

robin2c4 SX

2010-04-27 21:07

I happen to know this car, and can confirm that ASN 530 is an RMB with the 2.5 litre engine - the same model as was used by the police at the time.

Jale PL

2012-06-19 01:36

The vehicle details for ASN 530 are:
Date of Liability 01 04 2013
Date of First Registration 09 02 1948
Year of Manufacture 1948
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 2443cc
CO2 Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type PETROL
Export Marker N
Vehicle Status SORN Not Due
Vehicle Colour BLACK

St73 SX

2022-10-05 11:22

The term RMA / RMB didn't exist till 1950 so calling a pre 50 car this is wrong, I have it on good authority

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dsl SX

2022-10-05 15:00

I can't find a solid reference for any names other than RMA and RMB, only a slight suggestion they may have been Twelve and Sixteen, carried over from different pre-WW2 models using same engines. However this is not supported by most sources which only use RMA and RMB from the start. We've had a few Riley experts on the site over the years and no-one has raised this as an issue before, plus RMA/RMB seems totally accepted terminology for wider use today.

So if initial titles were different (what were they?), your point is noted, but it is probably simplest to stick to established practice. We have some precedence for using customary titles retrospectively, such as many Mark I titles which only happened after a revised Mark II appeared (eg Jaguar). If 1950 was the change point, we'd also have the practical issue of splitting identical cars between the 2 systems, which would not be a reliable process. Sometimes, if our system works comfortably (as this one seems to), it's easier to continue with it, even if true precision might open an additional factor.

johnfromstaffs EN

2022-10-05 15:43

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johnfromstaffs EN

2022-10-05 15:46

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johnfromstaffs EN

2022-10-05 15:49

dsl, the above two images are contemporary with the pre-1950 period, and appear to support the suggestion. They also suggest what the cars might have been called. I do, however, feel that the way in which we have treated nomenclature in the past is sensible, per your Jag Mk1 comment.

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dsl SX

2022-10-05 16:17

If the pre-1950 titles were just 1½-Litre and 2½-Litre, then I think we've got both approaches covered in our existing system, and changing it would not be an improvement.

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