1957 Ariel 350cc NH Red Hunter Trials Special
Registration no. YKT 659
Frame no. 5425 ES 3180
Engine no. KL 1248
As far as single cylinder machines were concerned Red Hunters were Ariel's staple diet, beginning with their introduction in the early 1930s, and for more than a quarter century thereafter. Indeed, the NH 350/VH 500 were acknowledged as two of the market's leading ohv singles. Designed by Val Page, and with some later styling input from Edward Turner, this rugged pair of iron-engined singles were successfully utilised for a variety of uses including many forms of competition. Although the VHA became "all alloy" in the early 1950s this improvement did not extend to the NH. Little is known of the early history of the Kent registered machine, other than a riveted badge on the front mudguard reading: Brook Motorcycles, Chatham. At some point the Ariel has been skilfully converted into a road going HT3 trials model. The enhanced specification includes an alloy head and barrel, an exceptionally neat rear sub-frame [but with slightly more vertical suspension units], a functional exhaust system, and an attractively painted competition fuel tank. An upgraded oil pump has also been fitted. While the bike is currently over-equipped for one day trials the vendor reports it was once ridden in Dorset's Arbuthnot Trial by the previous owner. Ridden for barely 200m in four years of ownership the Ariel is offered with V5C, an expired MOT Certificate dated July 2012, plus a factory owner's guide and parts list.
- The frame number is APR 5425.