Property of a deceased's estate, 1959 Ariel 650cc Model FH Huntmaster Project Frame no. KS2761 Engine no. PJ717

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Lot 519
Property of a deceased's estate, 1959 Ariel 650cc Model FH Huntmaster Project
Registration no. OXU 379 Frame no. KS2761 Engine no. PJ717

Sold for £ 632 (US$ 830) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate
1959 Ariel 650cc Model FH Huntmaster Project
Registration no. OXU 379
Frame no. KS2761
Engine no. PJ717
A BSA Group exercise in 'badge engineering', the Huntmaster deployed the 650cc twin-cylinder engine of the BSA A10 in Ariel's new swinging-arm frame. In Ariel guise the power unit differed only in detail, its origins being disguised beneath a reshaped timing cover, while on the primary drive side Ariel's traditional dry clutch was retained. The factory claimed a top speed of 90-95mph, with fuel consumption of 65-70mpg when cruising at 45mph. Produced from 1954, the Huntmaster disappeared along with the rest of Ariel's four-strokes in 1959.
Dating from the first year of production, this dismantled example has belonged to the late owner since 1965. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, the machine comes with a buff continuation logbook (issued 1958) and an old-style V5 registration document. It should be noted that the frame and engine numbers are incorrectly listed in the latter.
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