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Lot 436: Ariel W/NG

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

For the 1936 season the Standard versions of Ariel's Val Page-designed singles were dropped and two new overhead-valve De Luxe models introduced: the 250cc LG and 350cc NG, complementing the sporting Red Hunters. When WW2 broke out, existing stocks of Ariel motorcycles (and those of other makes) were requisitioned for allocation to the British Armed Forces, pending the development of a military version of the 350cc single, designated 'W/NG', which first appeared in 1940. Roy Bacon's book 'Ariel: The Post-War Models' shows a group of W/NGs on active service with the RAF in France (page 23). It is intriguing to speculate that the example offered here might have been one of them. The machine is presented in part-restored condition and comes with French Carte Grise normale.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number436
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€2800
Hammer Price (inc premium)€3220
Year1944
Condition rating
Registration number6877 VG 61
Mileage-
Chassis numberXG31319
Engine numberRBH41455
Engine capacity (cc)346
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors