1972 Ariel 3 Moped  Frame no. 007362
Lot 248
1972 Ariel 3 Moped
Registration no. BOB 280K Frame no. 007362
Sold for £ 460 (US$ 602) inc. premium

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1972 Ariel 3 Moped  Frame no. 007362 1972 Ariel 3 Moped  Frame no. 007362 1972 Ariel 3 Moped  Frame no. 007362
1972 Ariel 3 Moped
Registration no. BOB 280K
Frame no. 007362
1972 Ariel 3 Moped
Registration no. BOB 281K
Frame no. 007283

‘Here it is. Whatever it is.’ That was how the BSA Group’s advertisers heralded the arrival of the ill-conceived Ariel 3 in 1970. A tricycle aimed squarely at commuters, the Ariel 3 was powered by a 50cc Dutch Anker engine and featured a clever banking front end controlled by torsion bars, while its closely-spaced rear wheels, which remained upright, allowed the Ariel trike to be classed as a moped. No doubt BSA’s overblown marketing department had concluded that the apparent stability of such an arrangement would appeal to those nervous of riding a ‘real’ motorcycle or moped. They were very much mistaken; the machine turned out to be a disastrous flop, the £2 million wasted on the project playing a big part in precipitating the Group’s subsequent collapse. These two ‘barn find’ examples are offered without reserve. There are no documents with this Lot.
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