Ariel (American automobile)

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1906 Ariel

The Ariel was made by the Ariel Motor Car Company from 1905 to 1906 in Boston, Massachusetts, and, briefly, in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The car was available with either an air-cooled or a water-cooled engine,[1] either of which had a single overhead camshaft and delivered 30 horsepower. The radiator was oval in shape, similar to those of Delaunay-Belleville cars. Ariel's slogan, "Look for the Oval Front," was based on this feature.[2]

The company was incorporated in Boston near the end of 1904 with capital stock of $100,000. Officers of the company were Charles B. Lamont, Charles J. Palmer, and Joseph P. Alcort.[3] Sales were handled by the Lewis & Matthews Company on Stanhope Street in Boston, which took over ownership of the Ariel line.[4]

Production of the Ariel was moved to a factory in Bridgeport, CT in 1906, but the factory closed after just three months when it was seized by the sheriff on behalf of unpaid creditors.[5] The Ariel line was then taken over by the Sinclair-Scott Company of Baltimore, Maryland.[6][7] Sinclair-Scott, a manufacturer of canning machinery, had also been making parts for Ariel and other auto companies.[8] Sinclair-Scott changed the brand name to Maryland.[2][8]


  1. ^ "Ariel runabout and touring car". Automobile Topics. 18 Mar 1905. pp. 388–390. Retrieved 26 Sep 2019.
  2. ^ a b Georgano, G. N., Encyclopedia of American Automobiles, 1971, p. 21: "Ariel"
  3. ^ "New Industrial Companies". Electrical World. 14 Jan 1905. p. 128. Retrieved 26 Sep 2019.
  4. ^ "Automobile Notes". Boston Globe. 4 Mar 1906. p. 31. Retrieved 26 Sep 2019.
  5. ^ "Ariels Flight Checked". The Motor World. 12 Jul 1906. p. 253. Retrieved 26 Sep 2019.
  6. ^ Georgano, G. N., Encyclopedia of American Automobiles, 1971, p. 126: "Maryland (ii)"
  7. ^ "Ariel Will Fly to Baltimore". The Motor World. 13 Sep 1906. p. 674. Retrieved 26 Sep 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Baltimore Company to Build the Maryland Car". Automobile Topics. 2 Feb 1907. p. 1645. Retrieved 26 Sep 2019.