Most common eras
Motorcycles Unlimited / Classic Bike Emporium
24 Medway Parade Welland Gardens Greenford Middlesex
UB6 8HR
Tel:  020 8997 2421
07973 11 12 13
LIVE adverts (49)

1931 Very Rare 500cc 4F Ariel Square Four, WoW. For Sale

This advert viewed 2267 times
  • £29,500 As stated
  • 1931
Message the seller
Price £29,500 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Motorcycles
Make Ariel
Model square four
Year 1931
Mileage 10,000 miles
Country UK
Region Middlesex
Telephone 020 8997 2421
Status Trade
Date 01-Jun-2020
Ref C1173307
( WE CAN EASILY ARRANGE TO HAVE THIS ULTRA RARE 1931 ARIEL SQUARE FOUR 500cc OHC MODEL DELIVERED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD )

Ariel 4F 500cc Square Four
Very Rare
Year 1931
Registration number: WO 5409
Vin/Chassis/Frame No. 341
Engine No. 220
Gearbox No. 4191
Customer J Elson & Co, Beaufort, Monmouthshire.
Tab: 8054
Magneto Lucas
Carb Amal
Model 4F
Remarks: Magdyno
Date: 10th March 1931
Original old Buff Logbook
Latest DVLA V5c Logbook
Vintage Motor Cycle Club Certificate
Original Owners Handbook ( in great condition )
Also original book of the Ariel motorcycle ( With oily finger prints ) : )
Old Period Tax disc fitted to bike.

1931 Ariel Square Four 500cc Model 4F engine design by Edward Turner.

Edward Turner (January 23rd, 1901 – April 15, 1973) was a famous British motorcycle designer. He was born in Camberwell in the London Borough of Southwark, London, on the day King Edward VII was proclaimed King.

Following a rather basic schooling he joined the Merchant Navy as a radio operator, aged 14. By the 1920s he had left the sea, and was running a motorcycle shop in South London where he showed the first signs of what would be a distinguished career by designing and building his own "Turner Special". In 1927 he joined the Ariel Company where he was part of the team that developed the famous Ariel Square Four, and by 1932 had become Ariel's chief designer.

Rare 500cc model not 600cc or 1000cc.

Turner had shown the design to several motorcycle manufacturers (including BSA) seeking a buyer for the innovative design but only Jack Sangster at Ariel was interested enough to offer the young engineer a job. At its public unveiling at the Olympia Motorcycle Show in late-1930 the 1931 Ariel Square-Four 4F caused a huge sensation, even over the new Matchless Silver Hawk narrow-angle v-four OHC.

If you cannot afford to splash out £300,000 'Three Hundred Thousand Pounds' on a Brough Superior then this is possibly or probably the next best great British superbike, Great investment opportunity.

ULTRA ULTRA RARE 1931 Ariel Square Four 500cc overhead cam model. This machine comes with a current V5C and is on its original number which is transferrable. I imagine it is worth something, but I am not an expert. WO was issued to the Monmouthshire area in 1931. The bike is tax and MOT exempt at this age.
This bike has been in the ownership of one family from new and is only on its third keeper. The bike is basically un-restored and runs like a watch, All original fittings, and everything works at it should. It has clearly had a new exhaust system though at some point. The engine numbers started at 101....this is engine number 220....so effectively the 119th ever built. Is this therefore the oldest unrestored square on Earth ? has anyone got an older one out there in original condition ????? If so....I would love to hear about it. The factory records have been checked and the engine and frame numbers correspond. This was one of five built in March 1931 and this one was despatched to Bowens Garage LTD in Monmouthsire. You will note that this machine carries the original dealers brass plates on both front and rear mudguards indicating again that these are the correct originals as fitted to the machine.

I can say that I have ridden the machine today around a large car park for several minutes and it performed well. This is not the same as a proper road test, but tells me that the clutch, gears, brakes etc all seem to be working alright. It is charging strongly, and revs freely. Even the original brass map light works. Wheels and rims look authentic. This is a four speed hand change model.

So....this is a rare opportunity to buy one of the worlds first super bikes. Possibly the oldest unrestored Square left on Earth. Note, this is the engine where the crankcases spilt horizontally, like the Japanese bikes do, what a pity they did not continue with this type of design. Oil is held in the engine in the same way and when I look at this machine...it truly is years ahead of its time.

All that said.....this is looking for that rare collector / rider who will appreciate what this actually is. The question of restoring it or not will be up to you. I would love to see this out at shows and actually being used. If you buy this....you are pretty much guaranteed not to meet another as authentic as this. I would look at taking early machines in exchange....but am happy with a straight sale. No credit cards or Paypal on a deal like this, cheque, bank transfer, bankers draft, switch card or £££££....all good.

Viewing is vary much advised, Please contact us on above tags or send us a message.

Motorcycles Unlimited
ClassicBike Emporium
24 Medway Parade
Greenford
Middlesex
UB6 8HR
West London
2 miles from the famous Ace Café.


 
Similar Adverts
Get notified about new similar ads

1952 Ariel Red Hunter a very nice example lovely to ride a real head turner please phone for more details the details below

Trials machine. This machine still retains the original air cleaner, tool box, foot pegs and original 19" rear wheel rim.

V5C and original registration number. Runs well

For further information,.....

Super rare Arial Red Hunter with Cyclone engine. A UK version of Buddy Hollys bike in 1958. 650 twin. Ready to show or ride. I've never seen one before. Lots of money has been spent. Rides well, easy.....

This 1957, Mark II, four pipe model has only travelled 4 miles since a full 100 % restoration. Finished in black & chrome. Please email or call for more details.

500cc, dismantled,details as photos. Generally in good useable condition, & largely complete but bearings require replacement. Further details on request. NOTE-crankcase stamped CD so 1938 (not 1948.....

  • 15-May-2020
  • Lincolnshire
  • Private

SHIPPING WORLD WIDE (OVERSEAS CRATE AND SHIP FROM £500)

ARIEL TRIALS SPECIAL THIS IS A VERY VERY RARE AND VERY WELL BUILT BIKE! ARIEL HT5 TRIALS MINTER!

The frame is Bartram (from Mick Ash.....

ALL OFFERS PX'S WILL BE CONSIDERED WITH FUNDS EITHER WAY?

SHIPPING WORLD WIDE (OVERSEAS CRATE AND SHIP FROM £500)

ARIEL RIGID TRIALS BIKE THE BIKE RUNS MINT AND ITS READY TO RIDE TRIALS THIS.....

For sale 1937 Ariel 500cc Red Hunter 4 stroke single, the one to have with the high pipe & great pre war style. A rare pre war model . From a private collection & in superb restored condition. Full.....

Ariel VCH 500 cc Competition Hunter Trials , 1948 ; To Full Works Spec !!! Competition Engine , With Magnesium Crank Cases !!! , Round Alley Barrel And Head ; W/R C Type Comp Gearbox ; BTH Comp Mag.....

1955 Ariel Huntmaster 650cc just been restored everything as it should be a very nice bike old brown log book
with it excellent condition
£7995