1953 Ariel 350cc Red Hunter Frame No. XC31319 Engine No. RBH41455
Lot 436
c.1944 Ariel 346cc W/NG Frame no. XG31319 Engine no. RBH41455
Sold for €3,220 (US$ 4,325) inc. premium
Lot Details
c.1944 Ariel 346cc W/NG
Registration no. 6877 VG 61
Frame no. XG31319
Engine no. RBH41455
For the 1936 season the Standard versions of Ariel's Val Page-designed singles were dropped and two new overhead-valve De Luxe models introduced: the 250cc LG and 350cc NG, complementing the sporting Red Hunters. When WW2 broke out, existing stocks of Ariel motorcycles (and those of other makes) were requisitioned for allocation to the British Armed Forces, pending the development of a military version of the 350cc single, designated 'W/NG', which first appeared in 1940. Roy Bacon's book 'Ariel: The Post-War Models' shows a group of W/NGs on active service with the RAF in France (page 23). It is intriguing to speculate that the example offered here might have been one of them. The machine is presented in part-restored condition and comes with French Carte Grise normale.

Footnotes

  • Ariel 346 cm3 W/NG c.1944
    Registration no. 6877 VG 61
    Frame no. XG31319
    Engine no. RBH41455

    Les versions Standard des monocylindres Ariel conçues par Val Page furent abandonnées pour 1936 en faveur de deux nouveaux types De Luxe à soupapes en tête : la LG 250 cm3 et la NG 350 cm3 venant compléter les sportives Red Hunter. Au déclenchement de la guerre, le stock de motos Ariel (comme ceux des autres marques) fut réquisitionné pour être alloué aux forces armées britanniques en attendant la mise au point de la version militaire de la 350 monocylindre désignée « WGN » qui apparut en 1940. Dans l'ouvrage « Ariel : The Post-War Models » de Roy Bacon, on peut voir un groupe de WNG en service auprès de la RAF en France (page 23). Il est permis de se demander si cet exemplaire n'en a pas fait partie. La machine est présentée partiellement restaurée et accompagnée de sa carte grise française normale.

Saleroom notices

  • La machine est vendue avec son certificat d'immatriculation, mais pas la carte grise comme indiquée au catalogue. The machine is offered with a Certificat d'immatriculation, not a Carte Grise as stated in the catalogue.
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