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1940 Ariel W/NG Motorcycle

Lot No. 102

Auctioned on Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sold for $ 6,200

Manufacturer: Ariel Motors Ltd., Birmingham, England
Production Year: 1940
Engine: Ariel over-head-valve, 348-cc, 12.8-hp, air-cooled, one-cylinder, gasoline
Transmission: Four-speed foot-change gearbox
Brakes: Mechanical
Length: 84-inches
Width: 30-inches
Height: 42-inches
Wheelbase: 55-inches
Weight: 351-pounds
Armor: None
Armament: None
Maximum Road Speed: 70-mph
Markings: British Army olive drab paint scheme

The Ariel W/NG entered service with the British Army in 1940. It was based on a racing version of the civilian Ariel NG. The French Army actually received a small number of early production models prior to the British Army. The French Ariel W/NGs were all found in their original shipping crates in a warehouse in Ostend, France in 1945. They were returned to England and sold as surplus shortly after the end of World War II. The military Ariel W/NGs were manufactured with increased ground clearance as well as modifications to a number of internal and external components. The crankcase, gearbox, chain-case cover and timing-cover were produced in pressed-steel as opposed to light-alloys used in the civilian models (light-alloys became a priority material in the production of military aircraft). The dry-clutch had an extra plate added to increase durability. The rear sub-frame was altered to lower the rear wheel and the front fork girders were extended, resulting in the Ariel W/NG’s aforementioned increased ground clearance. These modifications and the W/NG’s relatively light weight resulted in very good off-road performance. The Ariel W/NG was produced in large numbers for the British Army, Navy and Home Guard units.

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