Bonhams : 1935 Ariel 557cc Model VA Frame no. Y9903B Engine no. KA 2063 (see text)
1935 Ariel 557cc Model VA Frame no. Y9903B Engine no. KA 2063 (see text)

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Lot 343
1935 Ariel 557cc Model VA
Registration no. YVL 348 Frame no. Y9903B Engine no. KA 2063 (see text)

Sold for £ 4,370 (US$ 5,634) inc. premium
1935 Ariel 557cc Model VA
Registration no. YVL 348
Frame no. Y9903B
Engine no. KA 2063 (see text)
By 1930 Ariel's new single-cylinder range, designed by the great Val Page, had gained a rear-mounted magneto and its distinctive timing cover, and the basic engine design - though frequently revised - would last well into the post-war era. Both overhead-valve and sidevalve versions were made, the 557cc VA (basic) and VB (deluxe) sidevalve singles being newly introduced for 1933 and intended primarily for sidecar pulling. The VA was dropped after 1935 but the VB was regularly updated along with the rest of the Ariel singles, gaining plunger rear suspension, a telescopic front fork and, finally, a swinging-arm frame as the 1950s progressed. Production ceased in January 1959 when parent company BSA decided to axe Ariel's four-stroke models.

This rare Ariel VA is an older restoration that would respond well to detailing. The accompanying Ariel OC dating certificate reveals that this machine was despatched new to Rowland Smith in London on 9th May 1935 fitted with sidecar gearing and the optional four-speed gearbox (standard on the VB). The machine is offered with a V5C Registration Certificate. It should be noted that the engine number appears re stamped.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame and engine numbers are believed to be non factory stamps.
Contacts
1935 Ariel 557cc Model VA Frame no. Y9903B Engine no. KA 2063 (see text)
1935 Ariel 557cc Model VA Frame no. Y9903B Engine no. KA 2063 (see text)
1935 Ariel 557cc Model VA Frame no. Y9903B Engine no. KA 2063 (see text)
1935 Ariel 557cc Model VA Frame no. Y9903B Engine no. KA 2063 (see text)
1935 Ariel 557cc Model VA Frame no. Y9903B Engine no. KA 2063 (see text)
1935 Ariel 557cc Model VA Frame no. Y9903B Engine no. KA 2063 (see text)
1935 Ariel 557cc Model VA Frame no. Y9903B Engine no. KA 2063 (see text)
1935 Ariel 557cc Model VA Frame no. Y9903B Engine no. KA 2063 (see text)
1935 Ariel 557cc Model VA Frame no. Y9903B Engine no. KA 2063 (see text)
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