1901 Ariel Quadricycle Headlines Bonhams’ Auction

| 9/24/2013 11:32:00 AM


By a wonderful coincidence, a 1901 Quadricycle will return to its home at 101 New Bond Street to be sold in the Bonhams London to Brighton sale on November 1st – in the very same spot it was first sold 112 years ago.

The 1901 Ariel 345cc Quadricycle, frame no. 85, engine no. 607, is estimated to sell for between £25,000-£35,000 (approx. $40,000-$56,000). This wonderful machine was bought in the Ariel saleroom in New Bond Street more than a century ago and now returns to its home to be sold once more in New Bond Street - this time at Bonhams brand new headquarters at 101, the exact same spot.

James Stensel, Motorcycle Specialist at Bonhams says: “Once in a while a delightful coincidence occurs which greatly adds to the excitement of a machine. How strange to think of this machine surviving over a century to be sold in exactly the same place it was sold all those years ago. If only the machine could speak, what tales it would tell. We are delighted to be offering a machine of such excellence, Ariel’s ideal, matched by Bonhams today.”

1901 Ariel Quadricycle

Conceived by Charles Sangster (Founder and Managing Director of Ariel), this delightful Quadricycle has had just three owners from new and was first owned by Captain A Loftus Bryan of Borrmount Manor, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, from 1900-1967. Previously restored by noted specialist James Tennant Eyles of Oxford, it is unusual for a quadricycle in that Ariel manufactured their machines as tricycles, offering an optional attachment: “Taking form of a small open carriage, which can either be supplied with the Tricycle at the time of purchase or at any future period” read Ariel’s period advertising.

The sound and the fury: celebrate the machines that changed the world!

Motorcycle Classics JulAug 16Motorcycle Classics is America's premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and life long motorheads who love the sound and the beauty of classic bikes. Every issue  delivers exciting and evocative articles and photographs of the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made!

Save Even More Money with our RALLY-RATE plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our RALLY-RATE automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5.00 and get 6 issues of Motorcycle Classics for only $29.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $34.95 for a one year subscription!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter