Possibly due to the influence of its
name, the White Heather is a fortunate
survivor of the era of assembly machines.
The badge on the fuel tank bears the name
of McIntosh, Coventry, by whom the machine
was assembled from a multiplicity of bought-out
components and the complete model is the
only known example.
It is probable that the frame fittings
and front forks - braced but unsprung
- were supplied by Chater-Lea, an indication
of this being the marking on one of the
components of the steering head. The frame
is of substantial construction, some items
showing the influence of heavy engineering
practice and houses the VAF engine. This
is a 4 hp side valve unit manufactured
by V Antoine Fils of Liege, Belgium, which
firm was well known supplier of engines
as well as building complete motorcycles.
Antione also supplied car and aero engines
in the pioneer days.
The engine features chain driven Bosch
magneto ignition, a two lever carburettor
and total loss lubrication from the hand
pump mounted on the fuel tank. Transmission
is by direct belt drive and the footbrake
is a block operating against the inside
of the belt rim. The brake pedal is mounted
on the near-side as part of the footrest
assembly. Tyres are 26 x 2.25in.
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