Ariel Square Looking For $20,000 As A Non-Runner

Ariel Square Looking For $20,000 As A Non-Runner

I thought the $20,000 asking price for this 1951 Ariel Square Four was a pipe dream* until I checked the Hagerty value range for said bike. Turns out, the asking price is not so crazy after all. The photos show a bike in very clean condition. Hagerty says this model in “Good Condition” (i.e. running) is worth $19,500 and that value jumps to $28,500 if it is “Excellent” condition and an eye-popping $34,500 for a Concours rating.

So, if you are handy working on classic motorcycles, this bike offers a lot of potential. Remember that the $20,000 is the “Asking Price” so show up with cash and make a deal. This is a nice-looking ride. Click here to see if it is still available.

(*The term “pipe dream” comes from fantasies induced by smoking an opium pipe.)

Running When Parked investment: These Ariel Fours are way more rare than Triumphs and BSA’s so they may be a better investment for collectors. This one looks well cared for. Get it running and it’s worth almost 40% more than the asking price.

The phrase “Running When Parked” (RWP) is code for a once treasured possession that has been neglected in the corner of the garage or tool shed for far too long. Lacking the energy, time or resources to bring the little beauty back to life, the owner lists it for sale in hopes that a new owner will massage it back to health. Our collection of RWP bikes fall into two distinct categories; treasure or trash. And you are the only one who can properly judge which category the bike belongs in.