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Lot 15: Ariel 3.5 hp combination

Classics, Charterhouse (21 July 2013)

The Ariel concern commenced manufacturing in 1898, building De Dion engined three wheelers, four years later their first motorcycle was launched in 1902 powered by a 3.5 hp side valve four stroke White & Poppe engine. The company would remain in business until 1970, developing various machines including the mighty 1000 cc Square Four. This exciting barn find condition combination has formed part of a private collection, and is presented in remarkable original condition. First registered to a Mr Alexander Kennedy of Inverness-shire on 24th January 1921. There would subsequently be two further registered owners, a Mr William MacDonald of Glen Moriston, Inverness-shire, who acquired the combination in 1926, and the current vendor who purchased the motorcycle several years ago. The Ariel is in very original condition with all of the major components being present to enable a restoration. The engine turns over freely, the frame and tinwork would appear sound with a light covering of surface rust and oily dirt. Accompanying the combination are two new wheels to replace the existing wheels on the motorcycle, but unfortunately the side car wheel is missing. Offered for auction with the original RF60, ST 1681 is ripe for sympathetic restoration and it is hoped that the new owner will retain its originality and hopefully keep it in an oily rag condition. RF60, MOT and tax exempt

Lot Details
Auction Classics
Charterhouse, Sherborne Castle. UK
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number15
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£8500
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1921
Condition rating
Registration numberST 1681
Mileage-
Chassis number 8HY3
Engine number11086
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors