1952 Ariel 499cc Model VHA Red Hunter Frame no. Frame no. TCA 106 Engine no. Engine no. SD 462

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Lot 143
1952 Ariel 499cc Model VHA Red Hunter
Registration no. Registration no. LOP 440 Frame no. Frame no. TCA 106 Engine no. Engine no. SD 462

Sold for £ 2,300 (US$ 2,896) inc. premium
1952 Ariel 499cc Model VHA Red Hunter
Registration no. Registration no. LOP 440
Frame no. Frame no. TCA 106
Engine no. Engine no. SD 462
Val Page's arrival at Ariel in 1925 as Chief Designer would trigger an upturn in the Selly Oak firm's fortunes. By 1930 the Page-designed Ariel single had gained a rear-mounted magneto and its distinctive timing cover, and the engine's basic design - though frequently revised - would last well into the post-war era. In 1932 the sports versions were christened 'Red Hunter' and, under Page's successor Edward Turner, developed into fast and stylish machines. In mid-1946 the Hunters became the first models to feature Ariel's new telescopic front fork, and the following year could be ordered with the optional Anstey Link plunger rear suspension. For 1954 a new duplex loop frame with swinging-arm rear suspension was adopted and the 500cc VH gained an alloy cylinder head. The 350cc NH got the alloy 'head for 1956, full-width alloy hubs being adopted across the range at the same time, and the Red Hunters continued in this form until production of Ariel four-strokes ceased in 1959. Representing something of a 'Holy Grail' for Ariel enthusiasts, this particular Red Hunter is an example of the all-alloy engined VHA model produced for the 1952 and 1953 seasons only. The machine was last used on the road circa 15 years ago and will require re-commissioning, at the very least, before further use (the engine turns over). There are no documents with this Lot and it should be noted that the registration 'LOP 440' does not appear on the HPI register.

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  • The frame number is SD462 The engine number is TCA106
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1952 Ariel 499cc Model VHA Red Hunter Frame no. Frame no. TCA 106 Engine no. Engine no. SD 462
1952 Ariel 499cc Model VHA Red Hunter Frame no. Frame no. TCA 106 Engine no. Engine no. SD 462
1952 Ariel 499cc Model VHA Red Hunter Frame no. Frame no. TCA 106 Engine no. Engine no. SD 462
1952 Ariel 499cc Model VHA Red Hunter Frame no. Frame no. TCA 106 Engine no. Engine no. SD 462
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