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1916-1918, Westfield Mfg. Co., Westfield, Massachusetts, USA.
1911-1915, Pope Mfg. Co., Westfield, Massachusetts, USA.

Company office - Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

Colonel Albert Pope began to import bicycles in 1876, and already in 1878 he produced own "Columbia" bicycle. The business was very successful, and soon the production line consisted of many bicycle trademarks. In 1902 Pope organized American Cycle Mfg. Co. specially for motor bicycle production. Production spectrum included seven trademarks: (Western Line) Rambler, Crescent, Monarch, Imperial; (Eastern Line) Columbia, Cleveland, Tribune. The name "Pope" was used only for automobiles. Two motor bicycles models were issued, 1-cyl. F-head 13/4hp Model A - clone of "Camel Back" Indian assembled from Aurora Automatic Machinery Co. units (Rambler, Crescent, Monarch, Imperial), and own motor 1-cyl. F-head 21/4hp Model B (Columbia, Cleveland, Tribune). Both models have been produced under multiple bicycle old trademarks well known by dealers and cyclists. These makes had minor differencies between them but their common special feature was characteristic shape ot the gasoline tank. Production of motor bicycles continued till 1907. Albert Pope passed in 1909. His son, also Albert, decided to resume motorcycle production in 1911, and this time there was "Pope" on their tanks.

Model H, II 1911 - 1917, 1-cyl. IOE tax 3...4hp, 26.07 cu in (427.1cc), bore 3", stroke 311/16", Herz magneto ignition, V-belt drive, 1-speed, 4...40 mph (4...45 mph, 1914)
External difference by years:
images front fender holderoil tankclutch levertool boxsaddle front other differences
1911
Model H, $175
3 hp
33k

64k
Breeze
carburetor,
factory color - ?
1912
Model H, $165
4 hp
74k
78k
141k
106k
73k

part of main tank

no lever, free belt
Schebler
carburetor,
optional low or
high handlebars,
Eclipse clutch
for extra $15,
color -
London Smoke
with wide blue
stripping.
1913
Model H
"Light weight",
$165, 4 hp
52k

124k
(left
one)
high handlebars
only
1914
Model H-14
$150, 4 hp
156k

31k
(another
saddle
rear
springs)
Color -
London Smoke,
bright parts
nickeled.
1915
Model H-15
$150, 4 hp
77k No visible
changes.
1916
Model H-16
$150, 4 hp
32k Color -
Pope twin grey
1917
Model H-17
$140, 4 hp
30k New magneto,
cylindric muffler

Model K "Big 4", VIII 1912 - 1915, 1-cyl. OHV 4 tax hp, 30.45 cu in (499.0cc), bore 321/64", stroke 31/2", magneto ignition, Eclipse clutch and idler lever, flat belt drive, 1-speed, ? mph
External difference by years:
images fenders and
exhaust pipe
clutch lever
and sector
tank record other differences
1912
Model K,
"Big 4",
$200, 4 hp
113k
55k
34k
12k
1913
Model K
"Big 4",
$200
34k

124k
(middle
one)

early

late
1914
Model K
$200, 4 hp
32k

142k

53k
No changes,
color -
London Smoke,
bright parts
nickeled.
1915
Model K-15
$?, 4 hp

Model L "Twin", IX 1912 - 1916, V2-cyl. OHV 7-8 tax hp, 60.90 cu in (997.9cc), bore 321/64", stroke 31/2", Bosch magneto ignition, Eclipse clutch, chain drive, 1-speed, rear spring suspension, 70 mph
External difference by years:
images clutch lever
and sector
footboardsoil tank left side oil tank right sidetool boxother differences
1912
Model L, $?
7-8 hp (tax)
82k
1913
Model L "Twin",
$250
142k

23k
Deep rear fender
1914
Model L-14 "Twin",
$250, 15.4 real hp
34k
21k
18k
125k
143k
37k
364k
(sport)
125k
(sport)
100k
99k

early (no footboards)

late
New frame,
color -
Pope Grey,
bright parts
nickeled.
1915
Model L-15,
$240, 15.4 real hp
28k

94k

83k
Extra $35 for
electrical or
gas lighting,
+ electric horn,
+ speedometer.
1916
Model L-16,
$250, 15.4 real hp

Model M "5 h.p.", 1913-1915, 1-cyl. OHV 5 tax hp, 38.06 cu in (623.6cc), bore 35/8", stroke 311/16", Bosch magneto ignition, Eclipse clutch, chain drive, 1-speed, rear spring suspension, ? mph
External difference by years:
images clutch lever
and sector
other differences
1913
Model M "5 h.p.",
$215
64k

56k
(middle
one)
1914
Model M-14,
$215
29k

180k

169k

114k
Color -
Pope Grey,
bright parts
nickeled.
1915
Model M-15,
$200
Pope racing motorcycle with M motor, 165k.

Model R, 1914-1915, V2-cyl. OHV 15.4 real hp, 60.90 cu in (997.9cc), bore 321/64", stroke 31/2", magneto ignition, Eclipse clutch, chain drive, 2-speed, rear spring suspension, 60 mph
External difference by years:
images tank side stampsstarter wheelother differences
1914
Model R-14,
$285
62k

13k
with
sidecar
1915
Model R-15,
$275
63k
83k
164k
157k
148k
Extra $35 for
electrical or
gas lighting,
+ electric horn,
+ speedometer.

Model RM-15, 1915, 1-cyl. OHV 5 tax hp, 38.06 cu in (623.6cc), bore 35/8", stroke 311/16", Bosch magneto ignition, Eclipse clutch, chain drive, 2-speed, rear spring suspension, ? mph, $230
   This is Model M with 2-speed transmission from Model R.

Model T, 1916-1918, V2-cyl. OHV 16-18 real hp, 60.90 cu in (997.9cc), bore 321/64", stroke 31/2", magneto ignition, Eclipse clutch, chain drive, 3-speed, rear spring suspension, 70 mph
External difference by years:
images tank side stampsother differences
1916
Model T-16,
$?
91k

44k
1917
Model T-17,
$250
88k

77k

3 stamped figures
No visible
changes
1918
Model T-18,
$?

smooth sides


Photos and data are from:
Author's archive.
Standard Catalog of American Motorcycles 1898-1981 by Jerry Hatfield.
eBay.
eBay UK.
Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, 1911.
MECUM Auctions.
Kruse International.
The Cabe.
Bonhams.
Cycle News.
Gas Review magazine, III 1916.
Mototique Racing blog.
American Ikons.
Linkcycles.com.
RideApart.
The Guardian.
Motorcycle and Motorcycle blog.
Etsy.
Kansas Historical Society.
Fine Art America.
Yesterdays antique motorcycles.

Thanks for help to:
Evgenii Pevzner (Moskva), motorcycle historian,
Thanks to all authors of books, articles and internet resources, to photographers - contemporary and old, to restorers and collectors!
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