Lot 459: 1939 Ariel 250cc Red Hunter
Val Pageís arrival at Ariel in 1925 as Chief Designer would trigger an upturn in the Selly Oak firmís fortunes. Page designed new models to replace the existing range, the first of which - a pair of singles displacing 600cc (sidevalve) and 500cc (overhead-valve) - debuted later that year. By 1930 the Ariel single had gained a rear-mounted magneto and its distinctive timing cover, and the engineís basic design - though frequently revised - would stand the company in good stead well into the post-war era. In 1932 the sports versions were christened ĎRed Hunterí and under Pageís successor Edward Turner were developed into fast and stylish machines. Its original owner having gone to war, this 250cc Red Hunter lay unused for many years before being retrieved from a garden and restored by the vendor and a friend in 1990/91. Described as in generally good condition and roadworthy, the machine is offered with expired MoT (1992) and Swansea V5 registration document.
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£2530|
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