1938 Ariel 499cc Red Hunter
Registration no. EKH 284
Frame no. X 62920
Engine no. CD 1630
There can be no doubt that Ariel's decision not to race in the T.T. has led, wrongly, to a perception, seventy years later, that Ariels are, somehow, lesser bikes than Nortons or Velocettes. Back in the day, this would have been considered nonsense with Ariel's strong record at Brooklands and in Reliability Trials generating all-year-round publicity for the marque. In any case, the sheer performance of the twin-port Red Hunter, as offered here, when tested by Motor Cycling, with speeds of around 60, 80 and 90+ mph in second, third and top gears, dispels any idea that the Red Hunter couldn't go at contemporary racing speeds. The excellent handling from the taut running gear and better brakes than its rivals added to its desirability. EKH 284, the Red Hunter offered here, has been the subject of a careful and thorough rebuild by the vendor, its owner for twenty years and a restorer whose work and concern for originality never fall below the highest standards. Complete in all details, with all of the original equipment set present and functioning, down to the tank clock and gauges, it is, frankly, superb. This lovely Ariel, running as well as it looks, with V5C, road licence and brown RF.60 Log Book confirming its numbers, was ridden to pass its MOT with no advisories. The performance and exhaust note confirm that it will definitely 'keep up with the traffic'.
- The Frame number reads XG2920.