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1947 Ariel 998cc Model 4G Square Four
Registration no. CVL 234
Frame no. XP1800
Engine no. CJ135

This Square Four has belonged to the vendor's family for over 30 years and during this time has been registered with the Ariel Owners' Club (owner a full member). We are advised that the machine is complete and original in all major aspects (frame, engine, gearbox, etc) and that it has covered only 100 miles since undergoing a complete professional restoration some years ago. Works undertaken include powder-coating the frame and repainting the other cycle parts; replacing the engine's bottom-end bearings and piston rings as a precaution (everything else was considered to be in very good condition); a magneto rebuild by specialist Dave Lindsley; installing a new wiring loom; front fork rebuild; fitting a new exhaust system and seat covers from Armour Products; up-rating the clutch with Ferodo plates; and speedometer refurbishment by Speedograph Richfield. The fuel tank was clean and dent free but because of general wear required re-chroming and repainting, which was done by marque specialists Draganfly Motorcycles.

In concours condition at the conclusion of its restoration, the Ariel has been kept in storage for many years (covered and lubricated) which involved periodic inspection and appropriate treatment to keep it in good condition. It will, of course, require re-commissioning and the customary safety checks before returning to the road. The machine is offered with sundry restoration invoices, old/current V5/V5C registration documents and an old-style continuation logbook (issued 1962) recording only one previous owner. Also included in the sale are some instruction manuals and a complete bound set of the Ariel OC magazine, 'Cheval de Fer'.

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101 New Bond Street
United Kingdom
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