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Lot 460: 1955 Ariel 350cc Red Hunter

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

By 1930, Ariel’s Val Page-designed singles had gained a rear-mounted magneto and their distinctive timing cover, and the basic engine design, though frequently revised, would last well into the post-war era. The sports versions were christened ‘Red Hunter’ and under Page’s successor Edward Turner developed into fast and stylish machines. In 1946 the Hunters became the first models to feature Ariel’s new telescopic front fork, and the following year could be ordered with the optional Anstey Link plunger rear suspension. A new duplex loop frame with swinging-arm rear suspension was adopted for 1954 and the 500cc VH gained an alloy ’head at the same time (a feature the 350cc NH would not enjoy until the 1956 range was announced). In 1956 full-width alloy hubs were adopted across the range, and the Red Hunters continued in this form until production of Ariel four-strokes ceased in 1959. Presented in apparently good condition, this example is offered with MoT to January 2006 and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number460
Estimate£2500-£2800
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2600
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2990
Year1955
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Engine numberDU5545
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