The Elf was designed to appeal to older “Buick and Oldsmobile” customers, with a miniature vertical grille, leather interior and a strange projecting trunk that pretty much ruined the Mini’s perfectly cute lines
A luxury Mini blessed with marginally greater trunk space and an improved interior, the Riley Elf (along with its Wolseley Hornet stablemate) debuted in 1961, the duo being differentiated by contrasting chromed grilles in each marque’s traditional style and the presence of a full-width wood veneer dashboard in the Elf.
Dating from the penultimate year of production, this right-hand-drive example was supplied new in the U.K. by Elliot Brothers of Bideford, Devon. Its current mileage is 36,284, and the car is finished in turquoise with matching leather interior. This is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the Mini’s more-desirable, less-often-encountered variants in excellent, well-preserved, original condition.