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.