A Brief History of the Marque
Made in England between 1921 and 1923, these cute little machines had Simplex engines of 110cc.
Manufactured by Small Engines Co of Coventry Road, Birmingham.
The 1922 Olympia Show.
AIROLITE. (Stand 20.)
A Very Miniature Sidecar.
1½ H.P. Model.
52x52 mm. (110 c.c); single cyl. two-stroke; petroil lubrication; Amac carburetter; chain-driven mag.; single-speed gear; no clutch or kick-starter; chain and belt drive; 28xl¾in. tyres. Price: Solo, £27/6;. with sidecar, £33/12.
Small Engines Co., 131, Coventry Road, Birmingham.
By the standards applied when considering a bigger machine, the Airolite motorised bicycle is not so attractive to look upon, but examination reveals that it is quite a workmanlike job.
The engine is, a Simplex two-stroke which has a ball-bearing mainshaft. The countershaft is also mounted on ball bearings.
Simple spring forks have been incorporated as standard since the machine was introduced last spring, but otherwise it remains perhaps more like a pedal cycle than any other miniature in the building. An open frame lady's model is also on view, which, except for a necessary change in the shape of the tank and the addition of what in pedal cycle phraseology is called a gear case over the pedalling chain, is a replica of the other.
The reader is advised to brace himself up at this point, for an Airolite sidecar outfit is shown. But it is not so bad as it appears, for the sidecar, although fitted with a hood and windscreen, is only intended for a child up to ten years of age.
Also listed as a 132ccc engine.
Sources Graces Guide, Henshaw, The MotorCycle
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