Happy 80th, Buddy: Buddy Holly’s 1959 Ariel Cyclone


BestRide | Sep 07, 2016


On October 5 2014, New York City-based auction house Guernsey’s auctioned a once-in-a-lifetime collection from outlaw country musician Waylon Jennings at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. The centerpiece of the collection is the 1959 Ariel Cyclone motorcycle that originally belonged to Jennings’ best friend and mentor Buddy Holly.

The Ariel is beautifully preserved with just over 4,000 original miles, and has not been ridden in over twenty years, serving as a symbol of a pivotal time in American music history. It sold for almost half a million dollars, and went to the Buddy Holly Museum in Lubbock, Texas.

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