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Allan Riley

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(William) Allan Riley (1879-1963)

1879 Born, son of William Riley, (Junior) and his wife Emma

1901 Living at Holly Bank, Radford Road, Coventry with parents, aged 21, a Cycle Works Clerk [1]

1912 With 3 of his brothers, all interested in the business opportunities in making cars, Allan set up a new company, Riley Motor Manufacturing Co in Aldbourne Road, Coventry. It took on the production of the existing two Riley cars and introduced a third one which was exhibited at the London Motor Show in 1913

Post-WWI Allan Riley took charge of Riley Motor Manufacturing Co, changing its name to Midland Motor Bodies

1963 Allan Riley died aged 82.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1901 Census
  • Biography of the Riley family, ODNB