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Arab-Villiers

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'Arab' Frank Whitworth tandem bicycle frame.
Tandem bicycle frame front.
'Arab' Tandem nameplate "Arab" Frank Whitworth, 145 Corporation St, Birmingham.

Arab-Villiers were motorcycles built from 1924 to 1925.

The Arab factory was on Bellbarn Road, Birmingham. It was never large enough to merit entry in the annual buyers' guides of the specialist press. They produced a number of ultra-lightweight motorcycles for general sale. A 147cc Villiers engine was coupled to a two-speed gearbox, with or withour clutch and kickstart; chain-cum-belt drive was the norm. The main retailer for Arab was Frank Whitworth who had a large business in Birmingham. He probably sold own-badged versions of the Arab.

  • Note: Image of Arab Frank Whitworth tandem bicycle frame is a gents (front) and ladies (rear) model.

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Sources of Information

  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X