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Cuthbert Riley 9hp Special

W A ‘Alex’ Cuthbert, who ran a motorcar repair garage in Guildford High Street, was a successful driver for the Riley factory racing team during the late 1920s and ’30s. 

He bought the Riley 9 Brooklands which had won the German Grand Prix in 1931 but, having raced it once, found it unhappy on the bumpy Brooklands Track. So, he transferred its engine and gearbox into a standard Riley 9 chassis to form this Special. Adding a supercharger in 1933.

Subsequent owners have continued to run the Cuthbert Special successfully in vintage competition events.

Collection Data

Date Built

Campbell Shed



  • Engine: 4-cylinder, 1,087cc, supercharged
  • Top Speed: 120mph
  • Manufacturer: W A Cuthbert and Riley
  • Model: Cuthbert Riley Special
  • Origin: Farnham

Races & Record

  • 1931, JCC Double Twelve
  • Several BRDC 500-miles races
  • 1932, Yorkshire Junior Short Handicap, BARC Autumn Meeting with fastest lap of 100.61 mph
  • 1933, International Trophy
  • 1934, British Empire Trophy