1952 Ariel Square 4

An original unrestored bike
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Location: Cincinnati
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Engine:997 Cu In 4
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The Square Four is a motorcycle produced by Ariel between 1931 and 1959, designed by Edward Turner, who devised the Square Four engine in 1928. At this time he was looking for work, showing drawings of his engine design to motorcycle manufacturers. The early engine with "two transverse crankshafts" was essentially a pair of 'across frame' OHC parallel twins joined by their geared central flywheels, with a four-cylinder block (or Monobloc) and single head.[ The idea for the engine was rejected by BSA, but adopted by Ariel. Thus it became the Ariel Square Four. In 1966 Phil Vincent wrote in Motor Cycle: "Alas, in 1959 the Square Four went out of production, a victim of the modern trend towards small, high-revving modern power units. The demand had tailed off a bit, and with reduced output, the price would have had to be hoisted excessively high. At the time it was approaching £350—out of reach of all but a few of the potential buyers." A further development was the Healey 1000/4 based on an updated Square Four, produced between 1971 and 1977 .

This amazingly well preserved Bike is untouched and original down to the tires. It has of course been mechanically maintained over the years with oil changes and tune ups, but is otherwise completely original. The bike has not been started or driven in some time so will need recommissioned prior to use.

 

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