Ah well, that shows yet another thing I thought reliable to be anything but. The photos in Square Forum (an AOMCC publication from the 1980s but probably still available from Jerry Mortimore) are on Page 4 and clearly show chrome oil seal holders and front brake plate. The caption reads," 1948 4G. Bought new by Mr Pickering from Colmore Depot in April 1948 when he took these photos. (Eng no CJ714). Used as an only vehicle for 30,000 miles, then part exchanged for a new KH in 1952."
A check on the engine number in the Despatch Book confirms Colmore Depot, gives no special notes at all which suggests an absolutely standard machine but the despatch date is given as 6th July 1948, not April.
The photos show a bike in immaculate condition, entirely as one would expect a new machine to be. The reproduction isn't great but I can scan it if need be.
I think what this tells us is that some bikes had chromed oil seal holders and brake plates in 1948. What your evidence shows, David, is that others did not !! Typical Ariel !
36 4G, 37 VH, 53 ex ISDT KHA (project), 54 KH(A), Healey 1000/4 (project)
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