1958 Ariel 500cc VH Red Hunter Registration no. 997 BYB Frame no. CAMA 11341 Engine no. CAMB 1749
Despite that the Selly Oak firm was purchased by BSA Triumph in 1951 Ariel's post-war VH and NH 350 retained their own individuality until 4-stroke production ceased in 1959. From Val Page's drawing board Red Hunter singles date back to the early 1930s but, with the addition of an alloy cylinder head and modern suspension, they were regarded as amongst the elite of Britain's post-war ohv singles. BYB is an unfinished restoration project, whose owner is moving house. Although missing a few minor chassis items, and without a chain, the vendor reports that the motor itself was reconditioned by the previous owner. All the hard-to-find tin-ware is still in place, the mag-dyno has been renovated, and an unwrapped seat and exhaust system are visible in the illustration. A worthwhile motorcycle will emerge following the application of some tlc! Supplied with V5C and AOMCC Dating Certificate.