Post Listing Update: This Cyclone did not meet reserve despite 25 bids up to $10,100 on eBay.
A 650cc high-compression variant of the Huntmaster, the Ariel Cyclone was a very rare bike. It seems that the list of documented Cyclones is 174 over two years of production. Ariel called it their “Super Sports Twin”, thanks to a 40 horsepower engine that was an option on the Huntmaster.
Text from an Ariel ad in 1959: “Powerful, fast, unsurpassed for blazing acceleration and honest dependability. The 1959 Cyclone Twin is a beautiful motorcycle, superbly finished. Two-tone red and black tank, chrome plated fenders, polished alloy hubs, and many other parts in bright chrome present a really sparkling appearance in a world-famous 40 cubic inch Sports Twin.”
This example (VIN: CAPR12088) is claimed to have a “museum quality restoration by the Canadian Ariel specialist”, but the seller doesn’t actually mention who that it is and I don’t know enough about Canadian Ariel experts to know who it could be, either. Do you have an idea? Everything is said to work, and the seller acquired it as “part of collection from British Motorcycle Museum of America in Minnesota”, which presumably means he acquired it at Mecum Las Vegas this year for $7,700 plus the buyer’s premium.
Find this Cyclone for sale in Calabasas, California with bidding up to $1,686 and the reserve not yet met
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