Ariel 99 and not out

A 1923 Ariel 9 Chummy motor car, one of just a couple in existence, has been consigned to the Charterhouse auction of vintage and classic cars on 9 March.
“She still looks great at nearly 100 years old,” said Richard Bromell. “The current owner, who bought her in 1968, has recently given up driving due to poor health. Although he is sad to let her go before her 100th birthday he is happy for the new owner to take her on adventures again.”
Over the past 99 years this rare Ariel 9 has had just four owners. The vehicle was purchased new by a Mr Atkins – a retired bank manager – but on its first or an early outing his wife had a heart attack and died in the car. He did not wish to use it after this and the car was laid up for a period of time.
Moving forward to 1968 and the current owner bought her for £500 from the A W F Smith Motoring Museum auction conducted by Sotheby’s. The auction catalogue, along with other history, comes with the car.
The 1-litre twin cylinder engine vehicle is today estimated to sell for £7,000-9,000 in the Charterhouse auction being held at the Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford.

Richard Bromell and the team at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset, are available for help and valuations on 01935 812277 or via

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