The Ariel Square Four
(Just sold for $15,500)
is my friend Danny Davidson sitting on his 1950 Ariel Square Four. Photo
taken about 1953. When
everyone else in Charleston was riding primarily
Harleys, (and of course BSA and Triumph ... they
were big in the US after WW2), Danny was riding
an Ariel Square Four. An unusual British
motorcycle, the four cylinder engine actually
had twin crankshafts geared together. It was a
1000cc, when a large Brit bike was a 650cc, or
perhaps the occasional Royal Enfield 750cc. The Ariel was considered one of the hottest
motorcycles of it's day. Unlike the Harleys and Indians, this was
a lightweight bike with a lot of power. To see one in Charleston
back then was very rare. Photo taken at 1229 Woodland Drive, West Side.|
is Danny's group of riders. He's sitting on the Ariel in this
photo. Most of these guys preferred to ride the lighter, faster
bikes of the day. This photo taken on Bigley Ave on the West Side. Below is the exact same location today..|
SO WHERE DID THE SQUARE FOUR GO?
bike was later sold to Hugh Jones, llifetime resident of Kanawha
City. Hugh kept the bike in his garage for over 60 years. You may have noticed that the front end is different than the
first photo above. This is because Hugh wrecked the bike and
installed an earlier Ariel Square Four front end. Still original
parts, just wrong bike for them.
|This is a photo of me sitting on the bike.
I visited Hugh often and asked about the bike. He really
didnt seem interested in selling it.... and so it sat. |
Hugh Jone passed away, and on July 19, 2014, the Jones estate was sold at auction, including the Ariel...
The motorcycle brought $15,500 dollars
(this money went to the state)
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