Here's another machine that was re-patriated from India round about 12 years ago. It's an Ariel, c.1923 and fitted with a White and Poppe engine. Ariels from this era are rather rare - this one found a new home fairly quickly, it was a good basis for restoration and mostly complete. The only thing really wrong with it was the later ex-WD front wheel fitted. The White and Poppe motors are unusual for their valves being very widely spaced and came as 3.5hp (500cc) units. There's not a lot of difference between this Ariel and a veteran era machine. Ariels were popular pre-WW1 but only really gained momentum in the twenties when Val Page came on board and created the 'black' Ariels range.
|Circa 1923 White and Poppe Ariel.|
|As far as I know it is the 3.5hp Sports model. Hopefully by|
now it is back on the road.