1904 ARIEL 3½hp

Classic Bike (UK) - - EVENT -

Just about as far re­moved from the Honda NR750 be­low as pos­si­ble, this veteran Ariel from the Adrian Reed col­lec­tion is a real de­light. Ariel pro­duced their first mo­tor­cy­cle, pow­ered by a Min­erva engine, in 1901 and this rep­re­sents a rare op­por­tu­nity to own an early Selly Oak ma­chine. Pre-1905, the Ariel range was ex­clu­sively sin­gle-cylin­der, so this Ariel-en­gined ma­chine would have rep­re­sented the top of their range. This par­tic­u­lar ma­chine was road tested by the late ‘Titch’ Allen for The First Vin­tage Road Test Jour­nal and comes equipped with neat, com­bined rear stand/car­rier, a Brooks sad­dle and Al­bert Frank head­lamp. It has a Pi­o­neer cer­tifi­cate (num­ber 1266) is­sued in Oc­to­ber 1989 that re­veals the bike orig­i­nally car­ried reg­is­tra­tion num­ber S 292. Es­ti­mate is £12,000-18,000.

ABOVE: Early Ariel was a top of the range model

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