Ariel « Square Four » 601 cm3 1934  Frame no. 4817 Engine no. 285

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Lot 236
Ariel « Square Four » 601 cm3 1934
Frame no. 4817 Engine no. 285

€ 42,000 - 48,000
US$ 48,000 - 54,000
Amended
Ariel « Square Four » 601 cm3 1934
Frame no. 4817
Engine no. 285
• Vendue neuve au Royaume-Uni
• Numéros de cadre et de moteur concordants
• Excellemment restaurée

Conçue par le légendaire Edward Turner , l'Ariel « Square Four » apparut au Salon de l'Olympia de Londres en 1930. Unique en son genre au moment de son introduction, la Square Four se singularisait par son bloc de quatre cylindres en carré et ses deux vilebrequins engrenés l'un sur l'autre avec des pistons calés à 180 degrés. Lancée avec une cylindrée de 500 cm3, la « Squariel » fut très vite portée à 601 cm3 en considération de l'importance du marché du side-car. Jusqu'à nos jours, l'Ariel Square Four demeure seule de son espèce dans l'histoire de la moto, une vraie « machine de gentleman », raffinée et séduisante, qui possède ses fidèles et ses passionnés et qui reste très appréciée des connaisseurs.

Cette Square Four des premières séries fut acquise par un précédent propriétaire vers 1958-59 sous forme d'un projet de restauration. Le moteur démonté pour être réparé ne fut jamais réinstallé dans le cadre et l'Ariel demeura démontée et stockée au sec jusqu'à son achat par le vendeur actuel en juin 2014. Ce dernier qui passa des mois à rechercher le modèle et les pièces manquantes a fini par terminer la restauration après avoir investi près de 25 000 euros dans ce projet. L'Ariel est accompagnée d'un épais dossier contenant la plupart des factures et récépissés correspondant aux pièces utilisées pour ces travaux. Présentée dans un état « mieux que neuf », cette splendide Square Four est vendue avec des copies de ses anciens documents d'immatriculation au Royaume-Uni.

Footnotes

  • 1934 Ariel 601cc 'Square Four'
    Frame no. 4817
    Engine no. 285

    • Delivered new in the UK
    • Matching frame and engine numbers
    • Restored condition
    .



    Designed by the legendary Edward Turner, the Ariel 'Square Four' was first shown at Olympia in 1930. Unique at the time of its introduction, the Square Four featured a single block of four cylinders and twin geared-together crankshafts with pistons phased at 180 degrees. Although launched as a '500', the Squariel was soon enlarged to 601cc with an eye on the important sidecar market. To date, the innovative Ariel Square Four remains unique in motorcycling history; a true 'gentleman's motorcycle', this refined yet charismatic machine retains an enthusiastic and loyal following, and is highly prized by discerning enthusiasts.

    This early Square Four was purchased by a previous owner in approximately 1958/59 as a restoration project. The engine was sent away for repair but was not reinstalled in the Ariel, which remained in dry storage in a dismantled state until it was purchased by the current vendor in June 2014. The owner has spent many months researching the model and locating missing parts, and has now been able to complete the restoration having spent some £18,000 (approximately €25,000) in the process. The Ariel comes with a thick file containing most, if not all, the invoices and receipts for parts used in the rebuild. Presented in 'better than new' condition, this beautiful square Four is offered with copies of its old UK registration documents.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is Y4817. The engine number is UA285.
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Ariel « Square Four » 601 cm3 1934  Frame no. 4817 Engine no. 285
Ariel « Square Four » 601 cm3 1934  Frame no. 4817 Engine no. 285
Ariel « Square Four » 601 cm3 1934  Frame no. 4817 Engine no. 285
Ariel « Square Four » 601 cm3 1934  Frame no. 4817 Engine no. 285
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