1960 Arton Special
Lot 296
Property of a deceased's estate,1960 Norton-Ariel 998cc Square Four Special Frame no. R14 89328 Engine no. TM479
Sold for £7,475 (US$ 12,395) inc. premium
Lot Details
Property of a deceased's estate
1960 Norton-Ariel 998cc Square Four Special
Registration no. 5276 CR
Frame no. R14 89328
Engine no. TM479
Norton's ubiquitous Featherbed frame has long been the special-builder's friend, proving versatile enough to accommodate power units of all kinds ranging from the humble British single up to relatively modern Japanese fours and even the occasional car engine. However, examples of the Featherbed frame housing Ariel's unique Square Four engine are relatively rare, though the idea of updating the Ariel motor with more modern cycle parts is not new, having been tried on a limited scale by the Healey brothers in the 1970s. This particular Featherbed-framed motorcycle was first registered in 1960 as a Norton, the frame number's 'R14' prefix indicating that it started life in a Dominator 99, while the Ariel Square Four engine dates from 1952. Its late owner constructed this unusual hybrid using parts collected during the 1960s and the 'Noriel' – or 'Arton' if you prefer – was finished and on the road for the first time in the 1980s. '5276 CR' was last MoT'd to 1998 and subsequently SORN'd. Presented in superb condition, the machine is offered with expired MoT, SORN and Swansea V5C document. Careful re-commissioning and the customary safety checks are advised before returning it to the road.
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