1947 Ariel Red Hunter

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Post Sale Update: This Red Hunter sold for $6,300 after 21 bids on eBay.

Val Page was the original designer of the Ariel Red Hunter in 1932 but Edward Turner had a huge influence on the line shortly before the war. By 1947 the Red Hunter (all of which had a red fuel tank and a distinctive red stripe on the wheels) included hydraulic front forks and a plunger rear setup.


The 1947 Ariel Red Hunter used a 497 CC (30 CID) air cooled vertical single cylinder overhead valve motor that produced 26 HP with a 4 speed foot shifted transmission for a top speed of 85 MPH. Optional plunger rear suspension and hydraulic front forks gave a superior ride and the brakes were considered extraordinary at the time. Overall weight was listed as 370 LBS.


This particular 1947 Ariel Red Hunter is in Danville, California and is listed as a 12,394 mile survivor. Bike is said to run well, and has had some maintenance and upgrades. Current bid for the motorcycle is $6,000