1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575

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Lot 430N
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH
Registration no. not UK registered Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 5,300 - 7,900
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH
Registration no. not UK registered
Frame no. SA2793
Engine no. RB3575
When Ariel resumed production after the end of the Second World War, it was under new ownership, as Jack Sangster, who had saved the company from ruin in 1932, sold it to BSA in 1944. The post-war model range consisted of 6 models - two 350s, two 500s, the 600 VB, and the Square Four. The 350 models comprised the NG, which was effectively the military W/NG in civilian trim, and the NH Red Hunter which was a sportier version. The 500s were the VG and the VH Red Hunter in similar veins. Initially the models were produced with rigid frames and girder forks, but by 1947 the range was equipped with Anstey link rear suspension and telescopic forks, remaining in this layout until the advent of the swinging arm frame for 1954. SA2793 was purchased by the owner when he lived and worked in South Africa. He used the machine extensively, and restored it around 1980. After relocating back to the UK, he advises us that he restored it once again, completing the work around 2003. Since completion the bike has only been used for limited test runs, started occasionally, and kept in dry garage conditions. It last ran in November 2019. Documentation comprises the South Africa registration document, a customs and excise 388 form, and some invoices relating to parts and restoration. The machine will require some re-commissioning and basic safety checks before taking to the road with a new owner.

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1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
1951 Ariel 497cc Red Hunter Model VH Frame no. SA2793 Engine no. RB3575
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