Spot the difference
Dan Smith’s recreation is a marvellous piece of work which is ridden regularly, but it incorporates sensible mods to make it more practical for everyday use (at least in Canadian summers). A completely original Series A Rapide is a rare item indeed, and eye-wateringly expensive, but Franc Trento from Eurobrit in Melbourne, acquired the one shown here from the USA some years back.
Comparing this with Dan Smith’s recreation it is easy to spot the differences, including the hubs and brakes, mudguards and stays, seat and the aforementioned oil tank and toolbox. Being in regular use, Dan’s bike also has concessions such as larger later model twin speedometer and tachometer plus a clock, the post war dual seat, air filters and the mandatory luggage rack for touring. But essentially, they’re from the same mould that made its public debut at London’s Olympia in November 1936.