1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873

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1957 Ariel 599cc VB
Registration no. OVD 918 Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873

Sold for £ 4,025 (US$ 5,131) inc. premium
1957 Ariel 599cc VB
Registration no. OVD 918
Frame no. APR8228
Engine no. AMC873
In 1954 Ariel introduced the swinging arm frame, which replaced the optional Anstey link frame used from 1947. This was not utilised on every model in the range, the exceptions being the Square Four, VB, and HT models. Unsurprisingly, for a machine intended for sidecar use, the VB was still offered as a rigid, with the link frame as an option. In 1955 the VB optional frame was changed to the swinging arm type before eventually, in 1956, it became swinging arm only. Purchased by the vendor in 2009, this VB is of the later swinging arm type, and was complete and mostly original, but requiring attention, as demonstrated by the 'before' photographs in the document file. The machine was dismantled and the cycle parts repainted. The top end of the engine was stripped and rebuilt, the bottom end was checked and found to be good. The gearbox was also in good working order. All brightwork was re-chromed, wheels were rechromed and rebuilt with new spokes, new tyres and tubes were fitted, the magneto reconditioned, the rear brake relined, the seat recovered, and the whole bike thoroughly checked, with any problems found being rectified. Documentation consists of a current V5C, RF60 Buff log book, the aforementioned photographs, and sundry restoration invoices/receipts. Since completion the machine has not been used on the road, so will need basic safety checks before use.
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1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873
1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873
1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873
1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873
1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873
1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873
1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873
1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873
1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873
1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873
1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873
1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873
1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873
1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873
1957 Ariel 599cc VB Frame no. APR8228 Engine no. AMC873
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