1904 ARIEL 3½hp
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