Ariel Nomad | Spotted

Beat the waiting list in style!

By Matt Bird / Tuesday, September 7, 2021 / Loading comments

If you’re anything like us, you’ll probably want an Ariel quite a lot. Nomad or Atom – it doesn’t really matter. The way they look, feel and drive is unparalleled, melding immense quality with incredible exhilaration. If you need to fall in love with cars again, 15 minutes in something Ariel badged ought to do it.

As a result, both models are in high demand. Even pre-2020, the waiting list was measured in years and not months; it’s easy to imagine a global pandemic making some feel that life is too short and handing over the inheritance to the nice people of Crewkerne, exacerbating the problem. Place an order now and you’ll be waiting a good while, put simply, and for some the wait might be too much to bear. Who knows where we’ll be in a few years’ time?

Used Ariels do surface every now and then, but obviously seldom; not only are very few made, but most owners are also unlikely to sell because – as outlined above – they really are cars to keep forever. Furthermore, while the secondhand route seems a wise way to get around the waiting list, there’s always the fear that you’ll pay too much money for a spec you don’t really want. For a car as customisable and (hopefully) personal as an Ariel, that might not be an advantage after all.

Of course, the dream is a used one in a cool spec at a decent price – so how about this one? It’s a supercharged Nomad, registered in 2015 but with only 1,200 miles covered in that time, so it looks like new. In addition, many of the worthwhile option boxes were ticked on the original order: this Nomad has the hydraulic handbrake, Ohlins dampers, Alcon brakes and a set of road tyres should you want them. Oh yes, and the spotlights, of course. With Porsche Viper Green used for the cage and the wheels, it’s hard to imagine anyone taking issue with how this Nomad has turned out. They all look great, truth be told, but this one is especially good.

The Nomad is for sale at The Hairpin Company for £75,000, which will look a lot for those that remember it launching at £27,500 plus VAT. But that was before the supercharger was available, and many Nomads left the factory much nearer £50,000. And they’ve never really depreciated. And the values of everything have been bumped up recently. So, if not exactly a bargain, then the price is understandable. For proof of just how in demand used Nomads are, Ariel themselves have a 2015 naturally aspirated car for sale that, even with more than 20,000 miles, still commands in excess of £50k. Jumping the Ariel queue costs money!

But it’ll be worth it. Much like Caterhams, it becomes a lot easier to justify the outlay given the strength of residuals – a lot of money is paid for an Ariel, but then a lot comes back as well. Should you ever wish to sell, of course. This one looks like it’ll be delivering £70k’s worth of fun for a long time yet, given the miniscule mileage and dreamy specification. Waiting for the dream sports car is to be applauded, most certainly, but you wouldn’t blame anyone for paying the premium to get a Nomad like this – would you?


SPECIFICATION | ARIEL NOMAD

Engine: 2,354cc, four-cylinder (supercharger optional)
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): [email protected],200rpm (299 with supercharger)
Torque (lb ft): [email protected],300rpm (251 with supercharger)
MPG: Decent-ish
CO2: Yep, got that
Year registered: 2015
Recorded mileage: 1,250
Price new: N/A
Price now: £75,000

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