Ariel under starter’s orders

While car auctions are of little appeal to the two-wheel-focused OBM audience, if there’s a classic content then they suddenly become far more interesting.

And the potential for actually finding a bargain at an auction rises if the majority of those folk attending to bid on articles for sale haven’t got an interest in whatever it is that you wish to buy.

So, if a bike is for sale at a classic car auction, then there’s a greater chance for the committed OBM-er to get his or her hands on an appropriate steed without too much bidding competition, right?


Except that, in pointing out this 350cc Ariel Model 16, registered in 1955 and heading to the Historics auction at Ascot racecourse on March 2 (with no reserve), we’ve alerted you to its availability and opened the market to more potential bidders.

Although, this does show that motorcycles do go for auction at sales that are mostly of other vehicles, and it’s always worthwhile looking through the listings and catalogue of any local auction – you may just find that machine that you’ve always yearned for.

More details of the Ascot auction can be found at


Read more News and Features in the February 2019 issue of OBM – on sale now!

Enjoy more Old Bike Mart reading in the monthly paper. Click here to subscribe.