Lot B17


1938 Ariel Square Four 997cc Combination
Reg. no. CFM 841
Frame no. P1092 (the prefix ‘P’ is for rigid frame)
Engine no. DD 1052 (the prefix ‘DD’ is for year 1938)
Although originally launched as a 500, the Edward Turner designed Square Four was soon enlarged to 601cc to compete in the lucrative sidecar market. In the 1930s this bike was height of most riders ambitions as it was a luxury purchase for the lucky few who could afford it. This continued until 1937 when to overcome the overheating issues the rather fragile OHC engine was completely redesigned as a stronger more reliable OHV 996cc unit. The new Model 4G made the ‘Squariel’ a very enticing prospect for the sidecar enthusiasts.

Condition - This beautiful bike was first registered on the 1st April 1938 and has been in the same family ownership for the last 47 years. Fully restored around ten years ago to a very high standard by the knowledgeable and highly skilled owner, the bike has had little use since, although it has been fully maintained throughout and started regularly and still looks fantastic. Fitted with electronic ignition the bike starts easily and runs well with everything appearing to work as it should. The buff logbook for 1946 shows its taxation class was ‘Motorcycle and Sidecar’ and still has one fitted today in the form of a fully restored Launch type sidecar.

Comes with - A current V5C, three buff logbooks, tax discs going back to 1943, owners guide and spares manual plus a comprehensive folder of restoration receipts and other documents.

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£22,000 - 24,000

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