A feature of the Ariel two strokes was that they were produced in a 2 tone colour scheme, which was very fashionable at the time. As noted in the introduction, the ‘base’ colour changed from Admiralty Grey to Ivory at the start of the 1962 model year. The parts listed below were painted in the secondary colour; all other parts were in the base colour apart from hidden items such as the petrol tank, which were painted in a grey primer. If the motorcycle does not have its original paint the original colour can frequently be found behind panels etc., where it may well have escaped being repainted, failing that it may well be found by rubbing through the later paint with ‘Wet or Dry’ paper in ever decreasing circles thus exposing some of the bike’s history. Alternatively obtain a Dating Certificate, see the notes at the beginning.
Leader Body shell, Headlamp cowl, tail section and instrument panel.
N.B. The exception to the above notes is that the wheel hubs on Admiralty Grey models were painted in Admiralty Grey but on Ivory models they were black. The exception to the exception is the aluminium alloy hubs, which were not painted.
These colour equivalents have mainly come from recommendations given to us by our customers. Some information has been supplied by ICI Autocolour via Ariel Atzori, president of the Ariel Club, for which we are grateful. The best or definite recommendations are in italics.
Admiralty Grey British Standard 381C range ‘Light Admiralty Grey’ ICI 0501, Rover‘Mist Grey’ is the same
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