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PAGE 390. 1935 Gents Light Tourist Model No.35

1935 Rudge-Whitworth Gents Light Tourist

Model No.35

21″ Frame

26″ Wheels

FITTED WITH RARE ACCESSORY 1937 CORONATION MUDGUARD PROTECTOR

 

A beautiful and rare vintage bicycle, in original condition and ready to use,

with a superb set of accessories that would be envied at any bicycle run, display or show.


I bought this lovely original Rudge-Whitworth Tourist from a friend in the New Forest. His pal Geoff worked as a cycle mechanic in New Milton, and remembered when the bike was purchased new in 1935, either from Matthews Cycles or Warehams. Both shops were in Station Rd, New Milton. Warehams closed down some years ago. Matthews was bombed in WW2 and Lou Matthews, the owner, lost his life; the shop subsequently stopped selling bicycles and now sells electrical goods. I have to add that I visited New Milton in the late 1960s when I had a girlfriend who lived there; when I went again to collect this Rudge I was surprised to find that New Milton has hardly changed in 40 years.

This was an upmarket model for the mid-thirties. I can’t find a catalogue picture of it, though the similar Celerity, when fitted with Sturmey-Archer three-speed, sold for £7 19/- 6d.

The bike is fully serviced and ready to ride.

A particularly pleasing aspect is the accessories fitted to this fine machine.

1. The bell is a push-ringer type, and it looks like a Fearnought Harmo. These sell on ebay for £50-£100.

2. The tyre inflator is an Apex.

3. Rubber pedals fitted with toe-clips. I’ve never seen this design before.

4. Brooks racing saddle.

5. The above items are fabulous. But the real treasure is the rear mudguard protector. It was issued to commemorate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in May 1937. This coronation was, of course, the result of his brother Edward VIII – who had become king only a year before - abdicating to marry Mrs. Simpson. I’m sure you’ve seen the recent film, The King’s Speech, which documents these events splendidly.

Most ebay sellers strip bikes of their accessories to sell separately to make more money. I don’t do this. I buy accessories to add to my bikes! But this one has had these accessories all its life and though I’d love to keep them for my personal collection, I’m loathe to remove them. I’m sure the lucky winner of this bicycle will appreciate that it’s rare to know a bicycle’s history, and be very happy with the wonderful accessories that make this machine so unique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1935 RUDGE-WHITWORTH CATALOGUE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAY 1937 CORONATION

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KING GEORGE V1 & QUEEN ELIZABETH

 

The rear white guard on this Rudge-Whitworth bicycle is a special commemorative version issued in 1937 for the coronation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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