I finally completed the first of those three Raleigh 3-speeds I was given (don't ask, picture to follow in the next 48 hours, however, it's awful common). Now this one has a sticker on it that claims it was built under license in Thailand, the SA hub says 71, and it's a little different from the Sports model as I remember them.
First off, there's no 2030 tubing decal. No headlight spade. The rims are definitely not the fluted cross section Raleigh rims, just a heavy gauge cheaper looking things. No Brooks B-66/72, a plastic covered cheaper Brooks model instead. No cable adjusters on the brake levers.
Actually, despite the proper Raleigh Sports decals, this thing comes off a lot closer to a mid-70's LTD-3, or even an early 70's Triumph/Dunelt in equipment. Anyone have a clue on this, was it common? When I worked at the shop, the only Sports we got in were Nottingham built models.
Happily, the coffee girl's bike, proper Nottingham built, while too far cosmetically gone to bother refurbishing still has cleanable chrome, so the headlight spade and front wheel have already been replaced, and once I finish cleaning the rear wheel, it'll go on, too.
By the way, for those of you privy to the discussion of turning this bike into a clubman replica: I gave it a shot and found out that the frame geometry was all wrong for drop bars and a racing stem. I did get the three cog gear for the SA, and found a nice Huret Svelto, so I'll still be doing the conversion sometime in the future, but first off I want to get that LTD-3 finished. These bikes are going to be our paddock transportation for the Superbike races at VIR next month.