OVC 689 - VH500 Plunger Rear - Search

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OVC 689 - VH500 Plunger Rear - Search

Postby paul.anderson » Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:00 pm

This bike was owned by my father from new for its first five years.
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The attached DVLA search shows it to still be running.
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I guess the log book issue February 2019 was a change of owner.
If this reaches the current owner, or previous owners, I would be delighted to share photographs and information.

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Re: OVC 689 - VH500 Plunger Rear - Search

Postby adrie.degraaff » Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:07 pm

As no one has reacted, there is something strange, it's a 1952 Ariel on the photo and 1954 first on paper.

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Re: OVC 689 - VH500 Plunger Rear - Search

Postby PeteL » Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:02 pm

By coincidence, my VH is a '52.
But though delivered to a dealer in July '52 it was not registered until November '53. So it must have been sitting in the dealer's for 15 months or so.

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Re: OVC 689 - VH500 Plunger Rear - Search

Postby paul.anderson » Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:44 am

Yes it is strange. It says on the back of the photo 1950 model bought in 1952 brand new from Brandishes. I wrote this probably in the 1970’s after talking to my Dad. So 1954 seems way out.

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Postby adrie.degraaff » Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:28 am

It cann't be a 1950 or 1953 model, maybe late 1951, we need to see the rest of the Ariel to know.

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Re: OVC 689 - VH500 Plunger Rear - Search

Postby Simon.Gardiner » Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:20 pm

The profile of the barrel fins is '52-'53.
I'd suggest your dad might have been a couple of years out in his dates and it's a '52 model bought new in '54 (I've recently been reviewing the contents of a trunk full of family memorabilia and it's quite disturbing to see the errors in the dates that have been written down by people trying to make notes a decade or so after the fact!)
Registration folks weren't especially interested in manufacturing dates and the year of 1954 is probably just a lazy copy-down on the assumption that all bikes are sold within a week or two of leaving the factory.

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Postby PeteL » Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:27 pm

You could try Draganfly's service of providing a copy of the Ariel factory's despatch records.

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Re: OVC 689 - VH500 Plunger Rear - Search

Postby Pete.Silson » Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:24 pm

OVC registation numbers are listed as Feb->Dec '54 (Coventry)

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