Rear number plates
The fittings etc. are illustrated under the relevant mudguards.
The 1926 rear number plate was part of the rear carrier and the 1927 version was little more than a piece of flat steel; however from 1928 onwards a more sophisticated piece was fitted with provision for a tail light.
How one number plate becomes four! On the 6th of October 1930 the law relating to the size of number plate letters was altered, which meant that the size of the rear number plates had to be increased. These new number plates were given suffix numbers to correspond with the year of the number plate that they replaced rather than the year that they were introduced. Ariel supplied these number plates as replacements for the originals. In 1935 the position of the mounting holes was altered and as our number plates do not have the holes drilled, 1 plate, therefore suffices for all versions made between 1928 and 1945. The 1946 version of the same plate only differs from the earlier one by the lack of a central reinforcing rib and was never given a separate number at the factory.
The tall, thin 1949-52 version was made in 2 forms and the boxed in 1953-58 type was made in 2 versions although these did receive different numbers, the first used ordinary bolts to attach it to the mudguard, which were later changed to ‘spire’ nuts in 1955. Even the 1939-40, with its’ odd tail light was also available with a different cut out for an optional ‘STOP’ light.
|Rear number plate, ‘old regulations’, original style||1||All||1927|
|Rear number plate, ‘old regulations’, original style||1||not Colts||1928-30|
|Rear number plate, ‘new regulations’, use 5647-35||1||not Colts||1928-30|
|Rear number plate||1||Colts||1929-32|
|Rear number plate (not 1931-32 Colts)||1||All||1930-34|
|Rear number plate, oblong vintage type – with the rib across the middle FITTINGS: – top 2 x 094 or 094Q screw; bottom 1 x 0510 or 0510Q bolt, 1 x 5649-30 or 5649-30Q spacer (use 2 off S19-2 or S19-2Q)||1||All||1928-38|
|Rear number plate, also suitable for 5648-39 the ‘STOP’ lamp version. FITTINGS:- top 2 x 094 or 094Q screw; bottom 1 x 0510 or 0510Q bolt, 1 x 5649-30 or 5649-30Q spacer (use 2 off S19-2 or S19-2Q)||1||All||1939|
|Rear number plate for ‘STOP’ light (optional), fittings as 5647-39||1||All||1939-40|
|Number plate, rear, oblong vintage type – without the rib across the middle FITTINGS:- top 2 x 094 or 094Q screw; bottom 1 x 0510 or 0510Q bolt, 1 x 5649-30 or 5649-30Q spacer (use 2 off S19-2 or S19-2Q)||1||All||1946-48|
|Number plate, rear, open thin type. FITTINGS:- top 2 x 094 or 094Q screw; bottom 1 x 0510 or 0510Q bolt (use 2 off S19-2 or S19-2Q)||1||All||1949-52|
|Rear number plate, boxed type, bare steel FITTINGS:- 2x0510 or 0510Q bolt||1||All||1953-54|
|Number plate, boxed type, bare steel, use 5647-53||1||All||1955-58|
|Rear number plate||1||Cyclone||1955-58|
|Rear number plate||1||HT||1956-58|
|Spacer between tail lamp and number plate||1||All||1953-58|
|Beading for rear number plate||1||All||1953-58|
|Spire nut, number plate to tail section (original no. plates)||2||All||1955-58|
|Spire bolt, number plate to tail section (original no. plates)||2||All||1955-58|
|Adhesive white number plate letters, front, 1 3/4″ high.||Oi! tell us which characters you want or we will send a random selection!|
|Adhesive white number plate letters, rear, 2 1/2″ high|
|Black number plate letters, rear, 2 1/2″ high|
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