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Bonhams 1793 Ltd – Motorcycle dept
101 New Bond Street, London
Tel:  020 8963 2817
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1951 ARIEL 497CC RED HUNTER MODEL VH (LOT 430) SOLD by Auction

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  • £4,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1951
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Price £4,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Ariel
Model hunter
Year 1951
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 22-Jul-2020
Ref C1248290
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Summer Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.

Friday 14 August Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 212) 10am
Saturday 15 August Motorcycles (Lot 301 - 462) 10am
Sunday 16 August Motorcycles (Morbidelli Collection) (Lot 501 - 704) 10am

In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.

Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.

Wednesday 12 August 1pm to 5pm
Thursday 13 August 9am to 5pm
Friday 14 August 9am to 5pm
Saturday 15 August 9am to 5pm (Lots 501-704 only)

Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register.

Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
OX26 5HA

When Ariel resumed production after the end of the Second World War, it was under new ownership, as Jack Sangster, who had saved the company from ruin in 1932, sold it to BSA in 1944. The post-war model range consisted of 6 models - two 350s, two 500s, the 600 VB, and the Square Four. The 350 models comprised the NG, which was effectively the military W/NG in civilian trim, and the NH Red Hunter which was a sportier version. The 500s were the VG and the VH Red Hunter in similar veins. Initially the models were produced with rigid frames and girder forks, but by 1947 the range was equipped with Anstey link rear suspension and telescopic forks, remaining in this layout until the advent of the swinging arm frame for 1954. SA2793 was purchased by the owner when he lived and worked in South Africa. He used the machine extensively, and restored it around 1980. After relocating back to the UK, he advises us that he restored it once again, completing the work around 2003. Since completion the bike has only been used for limited test runs, started occasionally, and kept in dry garage conditions. It last ran in November 2019. Documentation comprises the South Africa registration document, a customs and excise 388 form, and some invoices relating to parts and restoration. The machine will require some re-commissioning and basic safety checks before taking to the road with a new owner.

£4,000 - 6,000
€4,500 - 6,700

As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

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