Post Listing Update: This Red Hunter did not meet reserve despite 26 bids up to $6,867 on eBay.
A model that lasted for nearly 30 years, the Ariel Red Hunter was the name given to a grand variety of models powered by singles and twins produced by Ariel from 1932-1959.
The Red Hunter name was given to bikes with 250cc, 350cc, and 500cc engines, though the larger bikes have always stood the test of time better. By the 50’s, this bike was capable of a steady 90 miles per hour. In ’54, a swingarm rear suspension was offered, along with a centerstand. Every single engine that came out of the factory was tested to ensure reliability and the fact that it produced 34 horsepower. For more on the Red Hunter, check out this Retrospective on Rider magazine.
This example (VIN: SE1863) has 2,510 miles since a total rebuild back in 1976, the year in which it was won its class at an AMCA National. It was also given an eight page feature in the October 1981 issue of Iron Horse Magazine. The bike was originally sold new in Malaysia in late 1951, and it was discovered in the same country in 1974 before the restoration commenced. The seller is listing this bike on eBay for his friend, who also happens to be the restorer. There’s a lot of detail and several photos included in the listing, and I hope the new owner gets the chance to talk with the restorer at length because it sounds like it would be an interesting conversation! The bike is offered on a bill of sale and the auciton includes a workshop manual, spare timing chain adjuster, copy of the Iron Horse mag, and the original Malaysian log/registration book.
Find this Red Hunter for sale in San Diego, California with bidding up to $5,600 and the reserve not yet met