1952 ARIEL VHA
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 Ariel Red Hunter model designation was VH. This 1952 machine is labeled a VHA as it has the aluminum barrel and head introduced in that year. 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 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, a Bill of Sale to the current owner and descriptive information on the VHA model.