This Weird Retro Riley Contraption Has A Rear-Mounted Cadillac V8

Riley Motors went defunct in 1969, but that doesn’t mean the brand has been forgotten. Case in point is this bizarre looking replica which recently surfaced on eBay.

Designed to resemble a 1951 Riley convertible, the replica is a weird mash up of a Cadillac, a Mercury and possibly even a Mustang. The eBay listing is light on specifics, but notes the car is “built on a Ford platform” and the interior appears to resemble that of a sixth-generation Mercury Cougar.

Despite the Ford-sourced underpinnings, the car is powered by Cadillac Northstar V8 engine which is paired to an automatic transmission. If that wasn’t odd enough, the engine is located out back and sends power to the rear wheels.

While the engine’s position is certainly interestingly, the car will undoubtedly catch plenty of attention for its bizarre looks. It’s not exactly a thing of beauty, but the seller says the replica uses a handful of original Riley parts including the bumpers, grille and fenders. The model also boasts original “running boards” and some tacky looking scoops. Of course, the real highlight is the removable hard top.

Little else is known about the car, but the seller describes it as a beautiful, turn-key convertible that needs nothing besides a new owner. The seller goes on to say the car is real head-turner and a nice conversation piece as people will undoubtedly want to know what it is. The seller even suggests the car more interesting and eye-catching than a Ferrari as “everybody will take pictures” of it.

The seller is asking for $21,950 (£17,275 / €19,256), but potential buyers can also make an offer.

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  • kachuks

    People need to stop making these Liberace cars.

    Platform sounds interesting, though. Rear mounted Northstar.

    • mosephjaxwell

      I’ve read about a Fiero with a Northstar V8 in the back. That definitely must be something

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    Dang!..can’t UNSEE that horrific creation now.

  • haji

    It looks better than some of the Mitsuoka cars.

  • Mike Holt

    One of those Aussie Capri turdmobiles, not Cougar based.

  • Bash

    Why the hood scoops? See it’s almost nice to my eyes. But few wrong things here and there kinda ruin the entire car. And that color combo, why? But I love the idea. The idea is great.

  • Alex

    I see they’re finally selling Liberace’s car then…

  • Six Thousand Times

    I love the insanity that decided that this had to be.

  • Marty

    I hope nobody was killed when those two cars crashed.

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