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Healey were motorcycles produced from 1971 to 1976, in Redditch, Worcestershire.

  • 1971 -1972 After Ariel stopped producing the Square Four (also known as the Squariel), the Healey Brothers were left hunting for spares. Following that, they made them themselves and eventually went into business to supply others. That then led to the building of a complete machine by adapting an Egli spine frame and using pivoted rear suspension instead of the Ariel link system. The frame also carried the engine oil, there was a front tie-bar to support the engine and Metal Profile forks were fitted. By using wire wheels with Italian hubs and alloy rims, the result combined the old Squariel looks in a modern frame.
  • 1973 By now, they were fitting disc front brakes.
  • 1974 Alternators were used.
  • 1976 The brothers were now using cast-alloy wheels and a rear disc-brake. There were also styling changes. However, because of the limited market and the expense of production, no more were made beyond the end of the year.

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
  • [1] Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site