Vintage 1938 Ariel Square 4. 1000cc. VGC Good Runner V5C Recent Restoration.

Price: £7,069.00
Condition: Used
Item location: Dronfield, United Kingdom
Make: Ariel
Model: Square 4
Type: Tourer
Year: 1938
Color: Red
Engine size: 1,000
Gears: Four-speed manual
Start type: Kick start
Drive type: Chain

Recently renovated 1938 Ariel Square 4 1000cc iron engine. This Bike comes with a current V5C present and is on an age related none transferable registration. The bike is classed as historic in the log book so is tax and MOT exempt. There is also an extract from the Ariel factory records with the machine showing that this engine and frame left the factory together and was originally dispatched on the 7th of January 1938 to the Colmore Depot in Manchester. Given the date of the 7th of January. I assume that this means this machine was actually built in late 1937 and counted in the 1938 season sales records. 1937 being the first year of the 1000cc Square 4. so this is the first year of the re-design from the smaller engines. The bike starts and runs well without undue noise or smoke. Its not been used since as it has been awaiting getting registered. The bike has been the subject of a long term restoration which has taken a number of years on and off. Thats the original tank that has been renovated for example. and I believe that they are original guards etc. The bike is now ready for use. Lots has been spent and the bike has been kept as close to original specification as possible. Take a good look at the pictures. note the nice solid levers. the Amal grips. the fishtail exhausts. the correct carb and distributor etc etc. Lots of polishing. lots of chroming has gone into this etc. It goes up to good oil pressure even at tickover and is showing a strong charge at the ammeter. Clutch and gears are all fine and the bike seems to pull well. Anybody wishing to hear it run can look at this:http://youtu. be/pL_pcZKiQpUhttp://youtu. be/0tyMZ9wEbVsThis is a rare bike and arguably one of the first super bikes as the road test at the time reported. The publicity stunt they pulled to advertise this model was to put the bike in top gear at a mere 10 mph and it would pull cleanly through to a genuine 100 mph without a gear change. 10mph to 100mph in 4th. To top that speed in the late 1930s you would have needed a Brough and one of those would not have been anything like as smooth as a Square. so these bikes were awesome in the late 30s. From what I understand a mere 4500 of these were produced in the years before they moved over to telescopic forks. so there can not be that many left in the world. I don. know what the actual numbers left are. but it wont be a massive number and there will be even less in this condition. Viewing is welcome. 01246 411977 for an appointment. Collection is preferred. although I can arrange for delivery within the mainland UK by courier for ??100. Finally. if you bid you buy. no tyre kicking excitement afterwards. and no test pilots without a wedge big enough to choke a donkey. I. also open to possible swaps for other interesting pre war machines.

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