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.
- 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.