1940 Ariel 995cc Model 4G Square Four Frame no. AX847 Engine no. DH230
Lot 223A
1940 Ariel 995cc Model 4G Square Four
Registration no. CBK 616 Frame no. AX847 Engine no. DH230
Sold for £ 28,750 (US$ 37,816) inc. premium

Lot Details
1940 Ariel 995cc Model 4G Square Four Frame no. AX847 Engine no. DH230
1940 Ariel 995cc Model 4G Square Four
Registration no. CBK 616
Frame no. AX847
Engine no. DH230
Designed by Edward Turner, the Square Four was first shown at Olympia in 1930. Originally 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. With its limitless reserves of pulling power and innate smoothness, the model was a superb touring mount and a long-time favourite of the sidecar brigade.

Previously attached to a sidecar, this particular 4G was first registered on 11th May 1940, some eight months after the start of World War Two and only a fortnight away from the Dunkirk evacuation that saw over 300,000 Allied troops rescued from under the noses of the advancing Germans. One can only marvel at the purchaser's optimism at such a time. First registered in Portsmouth, 'CBK 616' must have been one of the last machines completed at Selly Oak before Ariel switched exclusively to military production. Acquired several years ago in a dismantled condition but complete, the 'Squariel' has undergone a two-year restoration by VP Veteran Engineering Ltd that was completed in 2014. The machine is offered with an old-style continuation logbook (issued 1954) and old/current V5/V5C registration documents.

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