1919 Ariel 6-7HP V-Twin 800cc Combination
Reg. no. SA 3804
Frame no. 7532
Engine no. A.9841
Ariel\'s first V-twin was powered by a 6HP Jap engine and was built in 1905 to contest the International Auto Cycle Cup Race on the Isle of Man, and a production version was made available for the following season. The next twin-cylinder was a White & Poppe-engined sidecar tug, produced briefly before being replaced in 1914 by a new model powered by a 5-6HP motor. The latter was superseded after 1919 by a more powerful 6-7HP (795cc) engine.
This rare Ariel has been in current ownership for around seven years, following its discovery in Aberdeen. The owners in Scotland had purchased an existing motorcycle business that had been trading since 1895 specialising in cycles and then motorcycles. A few vintage motorcycles had been found still in the basement when the business was taken over, of which this was one example. The Ariel then moved to the Grampian Transport Museum in the late 1980s where it was placed on display for the following 20 years.
The current owner has found that the bike was last taxed for the road in 1964 and since the aquisition he has managed to reclaim the original registration number. This bike is fitted with the 6-7HP V-Twin AKD engine that is attached to a genuine Ariel sidecar, believed to be the original one for the bike. Recently fitted are three brand new tyres with money spent on various works without going down the full restoration route. The combination is a very rare beast and is presented in a genuine lovely condition, with very few examples still in existence. It is offered with a current V5c and various supplementary paperwork.
Extra details and estimates:
£29,000 - 34,000
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