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Ariel: Cars

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Note: This is a sub-section of Ariel Cycle Co and Ariel Motors (1906)

1902 August. Details of the 16-hp car.[1]

1905 Details of their 15-18, 18-22, 20-25 and 30-35 cars.[2]

1906. Produced the Ariel-Simplex car in 28-38, 30-40, 35-45, 40-50 and 50-60 h.p. models. The three larger models were six-cylinder while the the others were four-cylinder.

1908 August. Details of their 20-hp car.[3]

1908 November. New model 20 Ariel demonstrated at Motor Show; 4 cylinders, 24 h.p. Three other Ariel models (30 h.p., 40 h.p. and 50 h.p.) also had four cylinder engines. A 40 h.p. vehicle had a cabriolet-landaulet body built by Mulliners of Northampton. On a 50 h.p. a special Pullman type of body, made by Rippon Brothers of Huddersfield[4][5]

1908-1914 For a list of the models offered by Ariel Motors Ltd of Camberwell New Road, London, and prices between 1908-1914 see 1908-1914 Motor Car Red Book.

1909 The Coventry Ordnance Co made a car for Ariel Motors in 1909[6].

1909 November. Details of the 15-hp and 20-hp cars.[7]

1910 One basic model replaced all the others. This used a 3.5hp White and Poppe engine with valves spaced apart on one side of the cylinder and the Bosch magneto in front of the crankcase. Later that year the new and advanced Arielette was announced. Various engines were used, including White and Poppe, Abingdon King Dick and Motosacoche.

1913-17 For a list of the models and prices of Cars see the 1917 Red Book. No cars listed in 1917 but 3 light delivery vans were offered [8]. Agents were Ariel Motors and General Repairs Ltd.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Autocar 1902/08/30
  2. Automotor Journal 1905/02/11
  3. Automotor Journal 1908/08/15
  4. 1908 Motor Show
  5. Automotor Journal 1908/11/21
  6. The City of Coventry: Crafts and industries: Modern industry and trade, A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 8: The City of Coventry and Borough of Warwick (1969), pp. 162-189 [1]
  7. The Autocar 1909/11/20
  8. 1913-1917 Motor, Marine and Aircraft Red Book: Petrol Motors