1957 Ariel 650cc Model FH Huntmaster Motorcycle Combination
Registration no. 132 AKJ
Frame no. PR3152
Engine no. MLF2596
A BSA Group exercise in 'badge engineering', the Huntmaster deployed the 650cc twin-cylinder engine of the BSA A10 in Ariel's new swinging-arm frame. In Ariel guise the power unit differed only in detail, its origins being disguised beneath a reshaped timing cover, while on the primary drive side Ariel's traditional 'dry' clutch was retained. The factory claimed a top speed of 90-95mph, with fuel consumption of 65-70mpg when cruising at 45mph. Produced from 1954, the Huntmaster disappeared along with the rest of Ariel's four-strokes in 1959. This very smart example is hitched to a stylish Garrard Grand Prix sports 'chair', featuring Zeppelin-style alloy panelling, bubble screen, lockable boot and a braked sidecar wheel, which the vendor had spent a year rebuilding prior to acquiring the Ariel. We are advised that the motorcycle has benefited from ongoing restoration since the vendor purchased it in August 1993 and that it is in generally good condition. It is worth noting that the engine has been upgraded with unleaded compatible valve seats, a BSA A65 oil pump and crankshaft-end oil feed, the latter modification addressing a recognised weakness of the BSA twin-cylinder engine. '132 AKJ' has won several awards and was featured in the January 1998 edition of Classic Bike Guide magazine. The machine is offered with old-style logbook, road fund licence to November 2013 and Swansea V5C registration document.