1928 Ariel 550cc Model B De Luxe
Registration no. OT 9257
Frame no. 13389
Engine no. 13340
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. The Ariel 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. 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.
Representing a wonderful opportunity to acquire a rare Ariel of the late Vintage period, ripe for restoration, this sidevalve-engined Ariel Model B comes with an old-style continuation logbook (issued 1946) recording that it was attached to a sidecar at that time. The current vendor's father is the 3rd owner listed. Additional paperwork consists of old/current Swansea V5/V5C registration documents and a quantity of receipts relating to the machine's refurbishment and repainting in 1974. We are advised that the work was carried out by retired 'old Mr Morris, a dab hand at restoration', who took 18 months to complete the task of turning the Ariel into a roadworthy machine.
- Frame number: W13389
Engine number: W13340