1930 Ariel Model F,
Lot 455
1930 Ariel 500cc Model F
Sold for £5,577 (US$ 9,246) inc. premium
Lot Details
1930 Ariel 500cc Model F
Registration no. YD 577
Frame no. K9763
Engine no. K9062
Ariel’s design department was blessed with a surfeit of talent as the Selly Oak firm entered the 1930s, Chief Designer Val Page having under his wing both Edward Turner and Bert Hopwood. It was Page though, who had laid down the basics of Ariel’s four-stroke singles range in 1926, moved the magneto behind the engine for ’27 and thus established the form in which the engine would survive for the next 30 years. Ariel’s range at this time encompassed a dazzling variety of models: vertical engines, sloping engines, side valves, overhead valves - two or four per cylinder - all were represented along with Turner’s revolutionary Square Four. This four-valve Model F’s accompanying old-style logbook (issued 1942) records the owner at that time as one Hubert Drew of Taunton, and Robert Albert Samson as the next owner, from 1960. An active enthusiast, Bob Samson rode the Ariel in a number of events including the VMCC International TT Rally (1961), VMCC Gloucester-Saundersfoot Run (1961), 1st Annual Tour of Birmingham (1961), Happy Wanderers MCC Salisbury Plain Veteran Rally (1961 and ’62) and the Sunbeam MCC’s 1st Annual Graham Walker Run (1963). Bob stopped using the Ariel later in ’63 and the machine has remained in storage ever since. In need of restoration, it is offered with programmes and three commemorative trophies relating to the above-mentioned events, owner’s manual, parts list, Pitman’s The Book of the Ariel, sundry ‘Ariel’ transfers, two period photographs, the aforementioned old-style logbook and Swansea V5C registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this is a two-valve model, not four-valve as stated in the description.
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