Cohort Sighting: Riley Elf – Liliputian Brougham

This shot by Kiwi Bryce shows a car coeval with the ’65 LTD Paul posted and which appeals to a similar sensibility. Take a Mini, add a few extra inches, an ornate grille and plusher trim and voila: instant status!  It’s always a challenge to tell if you’re looking at a Wolseley Hornet or its near-twin, the Riley Elf, but the “Elf” script on the decklid shows this is the latter version, which was supposedly sportier.

If the Riley doesn’t excite you, though, there’s a good chunk of other British trash (not a value judgment, but a proper description of these cars’ defunct status) underneath, like the red Austin Maxi (a guilty pleasure of mine), and a Morris Minor on top of it.  I see a red ADO16 toward the back, and a number of other models which are less readily identifiable.  Anyone see a British favorite of their own?