BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT TO H.M THE KING
As you can see from the extracts in the 1912 Rudge-Whitworth catalogue, above, and the 1922 Rudge-Whitworth catalogue, below, the company was favoured by the Royal Family.
1921 Rudge-Whitworth Gent’s No 1 Aero Special Roadster
Patent Celluloid Handlebar with Combined Grips
V section Mudguards
Frame No 16891
With its celluloid handlebars – described in the catalogue as ‘ Rudge-Whitworth patent weatherproof lustrous black celluloid to handlebar, brake levers and tubes’ – plus unique ‘V section’ mudguards and black enamelled frame with bronze lines, this was a top bicycle of its day.
This example is in good all-round condition and ready to ride. It’s an older restoration, with chrome wheels. It has two minor cosmetic issues to contend with: the ends of the handlebar grips are torn (they can be repaired by fitting the end parts of regular grips, which i can supply); and the rear mudguard requires a small support plate welded inside where the stays fit to it – this is a common problem with lightweight ‘V section’ Rudge-Whitworth mudguards.
1922 RUDGE-WHITWORTH CATALOGUE EXTRACTS