1949 Riley 2.5 Walter Köng Saloon

1949 Riley 2.5 Walter Köng Saloon

1949 Riley 2.5 Walter Köng Saloon

Walter Köng had envisaged this body initially for a Bentley Chassis. For pragmatic reasons, he instead used a Riley 2.5 chassis. Probably the most unique feature of the Köng special are the four clear roof cutouts made usuing sheets of 4mm Perspex. The occupants car be prtected from the sun by interior silk blinds.

Walter Köng never did find a purchaser for his car which he used until his death. His car was honoured as part of the ‘100 years of Swiss coachwork’ display at the 2005 Geneva Auto Salon.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine Inline-4
valvetrain OHV
displacement 2443 cc / 149.1 in³
bore 81 mm / 3.19 in
stroke 120 mm / 4.72 in
power 41.8 kw / 56 bhp
specific output 22.92 bhp per litre
f brake size mm / in
r brake size mm / in
gear ratios :1
top speed ~140 kph / 87.0 mph

Auction Sales History

This 2½-liter RMD has undergone an extensive body-off restoration in the last two years. The suspension has been rebuilt, as have the four-wheel disc brakes, which were an earlier conversion. The body’s ash-framing was found to be sound, allowing attention to be concentrated on achieving first class fit and finish. The chrome trim has been re-plated and remains in excellent condition. Additionally, it has a new wiring harness and loom.

Of the 28,306 RM-series cars produced, only 503 were drophead coupes. One recent estimate puts the number surviving at 50. This Riley, with left-hand drive and 50,000 original miles, presents an opportunity to acquire a rare and immaculate British classic. It certainly characterizes the Riley slogan: “Magnificent Motoring.”