So a few weeks ago I was in San Jose, CA visiting some friends when I saw this CL ad about a "Raleigh Carlton" for 50 bucks. After looking at the pictures he posted I recognized it as a Gran Sport so I email the guy but no response so I let it go and the ad expires. The following week he re-listed the ad and dropped the price to 30 bucks and said he just wanted it gone as he doesn't use it. I email again and get a response so we meet up that weekend. The bike looked a little worn but I could see the beauty if i just worked on it a bit and for 30 bucks it's not a big investment so we shook hands and made a deal.
After I picked it up I noticed it had Campagnolo (front dérailleur, bar end shifters, and cable guides), Weinmann 610 front brake 750 rear, T.A. bottom bracket and Nervar Star cranks(French), Normandy high flange hubs, Maeda(later sun tour) Pro-Compe freewheel (Japan), Weinmann rear rim (can't tell what model but not the concave one maybe "sport"?), super competition champion front rim (french), GB drop bars, Weinmann brake levers with white carlton hoods, Hung Kuang vp-381 pedals, and some ugly looking rear long cage dérailleur (definitely not original to this bike).
Oh and some Armadillo tires whose side walls feel like sand paper.
Second "OH" it did have a Cinelli Unicanitor Brevettata saddle on it as well but I gave that to a friend that owns a bike shop for one of his projects. I have a 71 NOS Brooks B-15 thats been sitting in my room for a while that would look better on it.
I think I did ok with this and with some ideas I have in mind I know I can make this into something fun to ride and to look at.
The "Gran Sport / Grand Sports" top tube decals have worn off and the "531" sticker is also missing. The paint is in so so condition and had some surface rust that I managed to clean off with some white vinegar and very fine steel wool.
I've seen what some other members on here have done with their gran sports and it's given me a few ideas.
I just find the mismatch of parts very interesting in a good way.
I haven't really taken any pictures yet but i do have one from the original add. 00O0O_gGSlTMrLliU_600x450.jpg will post more as I get this project going.
If anyone cares to add anything to this feel free.