1953 Ariel 998cc Square Four MkII & Watsonian Trade Sidecar  Frame no. ES480 Engine no. XJ456

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Lot 273
1953 Ariel 998cc Square Four MkII & Watsonian Trade Sidecar
Registration no. HVS 862 Frame no. ES480 Engine no. XJ456

Sold for £ 8,625 (US$ 11,889) inc. premium
1953 Ariel 998cc Square Four MkII & Watsonian Trade Sidecar
Registration no. HVS 862
Frame no. ES480
Engine no. XJ456
Designed by Edward Turner, creator of the legendary Triumph Speed Twin, the first Ariel Square Four was shown at the Olympia Motorcycle Show in 1930. Conceived as an overhead-camshaft 500, the model grew to 601cc before a total redesign saw it emerge as the Model 4G, with 995cc overhead-valve engine, in 1937. Anstey-link plunger rear suspension became an option in 1939, but would not be offered again until 1946, when a telescopic front fork replaced the previous girder type. An exercise in weight shedding saw the cast-iron cylinder head and barrel replaced by alloy components for 1949, the revised model, now capable of 90mph-plus, being known as the Mark I. Introduced in 1953, the ‘four pipe’ MkII with re-designed cylinder head elevated the Square Four into the league of genuine 100mph motorcycles. Square Four production, along with that of all other Ariel four-strokes, ceased in 1959. To date, the innovative Ariel Square Four remains unique in motorcycling history; a true ‘gentleman’s motorcycle, this refined yet characterful machine retains an enthusiastic and loyal following, and is highly prized by discerning enthusiasts.

This Square Four MkII complete with Watsonian ‘trade’ sidecar was used by the well known Bedfordshire motorcycle dealership, Bryant’s of Biggleswade to deliver bikes to clients from the 1950s into the 1980s. The machine has had only three (local) owners from new and was restored by the last of them in 1992. However, after covering a few hundred miles the machine’s octogenarian owner decided he could no longer manage it and consigned the Ariel to a museum, where the staff regularly turned over the engine and started it annually. Presented in generally sound mechanical condition, the machine will nevertheless require re-commissioning following its lengthy sojourn off the road. It is offered with four instruction manuals, owner’s handbook and Swansea V5 registration document.
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