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The Barber Museum: 1958 Ariel Square Four with Sidecar

Has there ever been a finer looking sidecar than the one on this 1958 Ariel Square Four? No. No, I don’t think so.

It doesn’t say so on the placard but I’m pretty sure that when you open the door on the sidecar, you are greeted by a snow white unicorn galloping down a glittering rainbow of Skittles. It leaves an eddy of whirling diamonds with every pillow-soft touch of it’s magical feet. It’s just that good.

Placard Reads:

Ariel Square Four
4G Mk II

“The Ariel square cylinder layout was unique in an era when 90% of motorcycles were of single cylinder or v-twin design. Originally conceived in the 1930’s, it was developed into the final version you see here. While not particularly powerful, it was incredibly smooth and had a distinctive exhaust note that was unique. Square Four’s command the same respect as a Vincent, with a lot of myths regarding the performance. One of the boasts was that they would accelerate from 30 to 100 miles per hour in high gear.”

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Quacka
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Now that is an od ball that I can Love. I can see it next to the RE5.

Biker Ted
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If ever we get across the pond this museum will certainly be on a “must do” list

Fuzzygalore
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Oh, Biker Ted – You would simply love it.

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