M034 1952 ARIEL RED HUNTER

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One of the oldest manufacturers of 2-wheeled transport, Ariel, was known for its bicycles before they started to build motorcycles around the turn of the century. The first models were powered by 3.5HP White and Poppe engines. When WWI broke out, the Ariel range consisted of 498cc side valve singles and 998cc (inlet over exhaust) V-twins – all manufactured in-house. Throughout the 1920s, a variety of 247cc, 348cc, 498cc, 586cc, and 669cc singles and 794cc and 993 V-twins were produced. In the late 20s, a young Edward Turner (later of Triumph fame) joined Chief Designer Val Page to design a new range of overhead valve singles and, in 1931, the Square Four. Jack Sangster then bought Ariel, based in Selly Oak, and the company continued to produce updated 350cc and 500cc singles, including the popular sporting Red Hunter series, well into the 1950s.

This 1952 machine is labeled a VHA as it has the aluminum barrel and head.  It is a rare machine with a total of only 491 produced in 1952. The engine is a 497cc pushrod alloy single with a claimed 24HP. Transmission is a Burman 4-speed. It has telescopic front forks and a plunger rear suspension on a semi-double cradle frame. Originally painted in the standard red and black livery, it has been repainted in the striking Wedgewood Blue,  that was an option in 1952 in celebration of the Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.

This VHA has never been registered in the US. It was imported by Roger Slater (of Slater Bros – Laverda dealers) from England in 1993 and purchased by the current owner in 2013. Documentation includes the registration of the previous English owner(with number plate), multiple MOT test certificates, shipping documents, a Dating Certificate from Ariel specialists Dragonfly Motorcycles and descriptive information on the VHA model.  Selling on a Bill of Sale only.

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M034 1952 ARIEL RED HUNTER

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