1964 Ariel Other

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1964
  • Motorcycle type 
    Street
  • Engine number 
    T33284G
  • Lot number 
    234
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Colour  
    Other
  • Location

Description

1964 Ariel 247cc Arrow Super Sports
Registration no. 175 XUX
Frame no. T33284G
Engine no. T33284G

'Fast, robust and handling like a thoroughbred, the Arrow Super Sports goes into the record as one of the most pleasant sports mounts to pass through our hands in recent years.' – Motor Cycling. Amazingly, despite being given a proper caning for the road test, Motor Cycling's Arrow averaged 68 miles per gallon! The Arrow was the sports derivative of the Leader, which sought to combine the virtues of speed and agility with those of cleanliness and convenience. Launched in 1958 and powered by an all-new 247cc air-cooled two-stroke twin with unitary gearbox, the Leader also broke with British tradition in its frame and suspension design, employing a stiff, fabricated steel beam instead of tubes, and a trailing-link front fork. Detachable enclosure panels extended forwards to meet leg shields and screen, and the rear chain was fully enclosed. Announced in 1959, the Arrow dispensed with its predecessor's bodywork while remaining mechanically virtually identical. It was revised for 1961, gaining squish-band, centre-plug cylinder heads. A third model, the Arrow Super Sports, universally referred to as the 'Golden Arrow' after its distinctive colour scheme, was added at the same time. This Golden Arrow was purchased by the preceding owner eight years ago and totally restored to concours condition. Since completion in 2012 it has covered fewer than 1,000 miles and has won awards at local shows. Wanting for nothing, this pristine machine is offered with an old-style logbook and old/current V5/V5C registration documents.