1959 Ariel NH 350 Red Hunter – $20,000

SELLER SAYS: Presenting my classic 1959 Ariel NH 350 Red Hunter for sale. Frame No CAPR 13610 Engine No CAMA 5355 (same number as my postcode!)  Dispatched from the Ariel Works in England on 16 March 1959 to Boon Siew Motors, Penang, Malaysia. First Registered 15 Jan 1960 and has had four owners, of which I am the fourth. The bike was acquired by me in 1984 at Butterworth, Malaysia. I have the bike’s complete Malaysian Registration Book. When back in Australia it underwent a complete nuts and bolts refurbishment even down to the Lucas Glass rear lens obtained from Modac in Melbourne. The original colour was found by buffing under the rear light holder. Every item used for the restoration belongs to the 1959 model. The bike was awarded the best 350 OHV single and the best Classic Ariel at the Australian Aerial Register Rally. Yes, its immaculate and perhaps the only one in Australia. It would take another page to list what was done during the restoration, so please contact me for that information. Contact Ross on 0412 203 848 (Barossa Valley, Sth Aust).

EDITOR TERLICK SAYS: Ariel was a major player in the British motorcycle industry for seven decades, producing its first bike in 1902 and its last in 1967 — but it’s overwhelmingly remembered for two models —  the Red Hunter (in 250, 350 and 500cc guises), and the Square Four (which was born as a 500 and grew into a 1000). The Red Hunter was the basis for Sammy Miller’s much-loved HT5 on which he rose to glory, and also the financial backbone of the company. It’s said that the success of the Red Hunter gave Ariel the financial capacity (and the courage, we reckon) to buy out Triumph in 1936. (Both companies were subsequently bought out by BSA, of course, and they all went belly up anyway – but that’s another story.) This bike of Ross’ looks like a glorious example, with a known history all the way back to Selly Oak and a fastidious restoration here in Australia. Learn more about the Ariel brand here.