Ariel Square Four is one of the most charismatic British motorcycles created after the global economic crisis of the 1930s. The combination of its 4-cylinder engine with its 996-cc capacity resulted in a unique motorcycle that was in a class of its own because such a combination is rarely used with classical motorcycles. Despite its big mass of 197 kg, this motorcycle would easily achieve the speed of 160 km/h, and it was easy to drive.
Ariel Square Four, popularly nicknamed «Squariel», was positively accepted by clients, even despite its frequent problems with engine overheating due to poor cooling of its two “rear” cylinders. During the production period, starting with a prototype in 1930 and until this model was discontinued in 1958, a total of 15641 motorcycles were manufactured.
The side-car is a 1948 Bernardet Grand Routier GR.48, on an original 1948 T frame.
It was also produced in the model Grand Sport GS.48 Records du Monde type Avion.
It was the last side-car ever produced between 1947 to 1949 by Bernardet before they switched to scooters and still is the most famous of the whole production! © Archives Bernardet Family
|Manufacturer||Ariel, Great Britain|
|Years of manufacture||1931 – 1958|
|Quantity produced, units||15 641|
|Today’s value||6 187 $|
|ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION|
|Type||4-cylinder, OHV, air-cooled|
|Engine capacity, cc||996|
|Bore and stroke, mm||65 х 75|
|Engine rating||38 h.p. at 5400 rpm|
|Clutch||Single dry plate|
|FRAME AND WHEELBASE|
|Front suspension||With a frictional damper|
|Rear suspension||Rigid (after 1946: telescopic)|
|Brakes||Drum type, on all wheels|
|Wheel size||Front: 3.25 х 19, rear: 4.00 х 18|
|Ground clearance, mm||
|Gas tank size, l||
|Maximum speed, km/h||