1901 Ariel to be auctioned in the same building it was first sold

Quadricycle will go under the hammer at the same London address as the Ariel showroom that sold it 112 years ago

THIS Ariel Quadricycle worth over £25,000 is to go under the hammer – in the same place it was originally sold 112 years ago.

The 345cc Quadricycle is to be auctioned by Bonhams at 101 New Bond Street, the London address of the showroom that sold it for the first time in 1901.

Coincidentally, the building recently became Bonhams' headquarters.

The Quadricycle converts from a three to four-wheeler. It’s estimated to fetch £25,000-35,000 in the Bonhams London to Brighton auction on November 1.

James Stensel, Motorcycle Specialist at Bonhams says: “Once in a while a delightful co-incidence 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.”

It has three previous owners. The first, Captain A Loftus Bryan of Borrmount Manor, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, kept it until 1967.