1957 Ariel 649cc FH Huntmaster Frame no. AP6705 Engine no. CNLF5470

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Lot 314
1957 Ariel 649cc FH Huntmaster
Registration no. YWJ 272 Frame no. AP6705 Engine no. CNLF5470

£ 3,000 - 4,000
US$ 3,900 - 5,200
1957 Ariel 649cc FH Huntmaster
Registration no. YWJ 272
Frame no. AP6705
Engine no. CNLF5470
Following Ariel's acquisition by the BSA Group in 1951, an exercise in 'badge engineering' a few years later saw the launch of a new model - the Huntmaster - which 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. "High performance combined with remarkable tractability and notable fuel economy: first-class steering and braking" was how Motor Cycle magazine summarised the Huntmaster's virtues in December 1955. The factory claimed a top speed of 90-95mph with fuel consumption of 65-70mpg when cruising at 45mph. Announced in October 1953 as a new-for-1954 model, the Huntmaster disappeared along with the rest of Ariel's four-stroke models in 1959.

Purchased from a local auction house and last taxed for the road until 30th June 2015, this Huntmaster will require re-commissioning before further use and would respond well to detailing (the engine turns over). Offered with a V5C registration Certificate.

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1957 Ariel 649cc FH Huntmaster Frame no. AP6705 Engine no. CNLF5470
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