1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370

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Lot 329
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter
Registration no. YMK 136 Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370

Sold for £ 2,530 (US$ 3,198) inc. premium
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter
Registration no. YMK 136
Frame no. AS454
Engine no. XA370
When Ariel resumed production after the end of the Second World War, it was under new ownership, as Jack Sangster, who had saved the company from ruin in 1932, sold it to BSA in 1944. The post-war model range consisted of 5 models - two 350s, two 500s and the Square Four. The 350 models comprised the NG, which was effectively the military W/NG in civilian trim, and the NH Red Hunter which was a sportier version. Initially the models were produced with rigid frames and girder forks, but by 1947 the range was offered with telescopic forks and optional Anstey link rear suspension, remaining this way until the advent of the swinging arm frame for 1954. Purchased by the vendor in 2009, YMK 136 was complete and mostly original, but requiring attention. The machine was dismantled and the cycle parts repainted. The top end of the engine was stripped and rebuilt, new piston rings being fitted, the bottom end was checked and found to be good. The gearbox was also in good working order. All brightwork was re-chromed, a new exhaust system fitted, wheels were rebuilt with new spokes, new tyres and tubes were fitted, the rear brake was relined, and the whole bike thoroughly checked, with any problems found being rectified. Documentation consists of a current V5C, old mot certificates, and sundry restoration invoices/receipts. Since completion the machine has been used regularly on the road.
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1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
1953 Ariel 349cc NH Red Hunter Frame no. AS454 Engine no. XA370
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