1955 Ariel Red Hunter

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1955
  • Mileage 
    24 326 mi / 39 149 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    106
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Other

Description

"Val Page's arrival at Ariel in 1925 as Chief Designer would trigger an upturn in the Selly Oak firm's fortunes. Page designed new models to replace the existing range, the first of which - a pair of singles displacing 600cc (side-valve) and 500cc (overhead-valve) - debuted later that year. By 1930, the Ariel single had gained a rear-mounted magneto and its distinctive timing cover and the engine's basic design - though frequently revised - would stand the company in good stead well into the post-war era. In 1932, the sports versions were christened 'Red Hunter' and, under Page's successor Edward Turner, developed into fast and stylish machines. In mid-1946 the Hunters became the first models to feature Ariel's new telescopic front fork and the following year could be ordered with the optional Anstey Link plunger rear suspension.
This lovely example of this classic British motorcycle is presented in maroon with a beige seat and has been in the ownership of the seller’s late father for the last 40 years, during which time it has been well looked after. A nice example which would be fun to ride to classic bike rallies and to take to the Goodwood Revival and feel a part of the action."