The fashion for tricars, as cheap family transport, only lasted for a few years after the turn of the century, but in their heyday they represented popular motoring at its best.
Rileys were particularly successful with models selling at prices from 70 to 130 Guineas. Their most sophisticated models were produced in the 1905-1907 period.
This 5 hp tricar was designed by Stanley Riley, one of five Riley brothers. It had a tubular chassis, leaf spring suspension, a two-speeds plus reverse and wheel steering.
There was even a proper driver's seat rather than a saddle. With many awards taken in reliability runs, hill climbs, and other trials, the tricars laid a foundation for Riley's sporting achievements in later years.