I'm a volunteer mechanic at our local community bike shop, and we were contacted to help identify this old Raleigh someone bought at a Church sale in 1990 for $50. I went out to meet with the owner and take pictures. I'm more familiar with the Raleigh Sports history, but have been intrigued by the DL-1s in my last day of research. I'd appreciate thoughts on how rare/valuable this bike is, so I or someone else (if it's out of my price range) can make the owner a fair offer. It's located in Newark DE.
Serial number ND6201249
This is an unusual 1976 DL-1 24" in that it has a double top tube, a full chain-case, and it's only a single speed (Sturmey Archer is engraved on the rear and front hub) rather than the typical 3-speed internally geared hub. It also has a huge Brooks B-90/3 saddle, in pretty good condition. The entire bike is in great condition other than a missing spoke (rear wheel). The paint has typical scratches but no fading or rust. The decals are excellent, except for the fork Raleigh logos are smudged. The chrome is great with no rust; just surface weathering and cloudiness that appears to buff out really well to a mirror like finish. The tires are not dry and have decent tread left. The pedals look only lightly worn.
I posted several detailed photos here:
The second section here "Late Model DL-1 Export" is the most relevant info I could find on it.
Any appraisal guesses or comments on the history of this model are appreciated!