1924 Rudge-Whitworth Gent’s No 6 Sporting Aero Special with Sloping Top Tube
Every Rudge-Whitworth refinement is embodied in this Sporting Roadster, the attractiveness of which is enhanced by the fitting of 26 inch wheels, with Dunlop Cord Tyres.
It is ideal for touring, being a speedy bicycle with a most comfortable riding position.
– 1924 Rudge-Whitworth sales catalogue
1924 Rudge-Whitworth Gent’s No 6 Sporting Aero Special
1″ Sloping Top Tube
Patent Celluloid Handlebar with Combined Grips
Beaded Edge V section Mudguards
Very Good Original Paintwork and Box-lining, with all transfers (decals) intact
BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT TO H.M THE KING
I spend a lot of time researching bicycles, so it is a pure delight to come across one that not only has good original paint and transfers, but also still retains its model name resplendent in gold leaf on the head tube.
The No 6 Aero Special was a popular alternative to a normal roadster: many customers were beginning to complain by the early twenties that 28″ wheel machines were too tall for their feet to touch the ground; this was a particular concern for older riders. One of Rudge-Whitworth’s main competitors, Sunbeam, had brought out the ‘Low-Built’ version of their Royal and Golden range fitted with 26″ wheels, and Rudge-Whitworth felt obliged to follow suit. By 1924 small lightweight builders were starting to establish themselves too, so Rudge-Whitworth’s No 6 Sporting Aero Special, with its sloping top tube, was designed to see off competition from them too.
With its celluloid handlebars (described in the catalogue as ‘ Rudge-Whitworth patent weatherproof lustrous black celluloid to handlebar, brake levers and tubes’), unique V section mudguards, and black enamelled frame with bronze lines, this was a top bicycle of its day.