I was hoping to gather some opinions on this Hobbs frame that I recently came across. Seeing as I have been looking for one for ages, coming across this by accident was rather amusing. I am waiting to hear back from the seller concerning the history of the frame as well as price, but any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
According to the seller, the components are as follows:
Reynolds Hiduminium alloy handle bars,
Burlite of Birmingham brakes,
Williams crank arm & EbW AP 48 crank wheel,
Lytaloy handlebar stem,
Lucifer dynamo front & rear lights,
Bayliss Wiley & Co. rims, and,
Sturmey Archer Pat 596137 rims.
The last I heard, the seller had also located a seat post as well as 1940's handlebar tape. They are selling it on behalf of the original owner who had it made in 1947, and it "can be sold as is, pro-cleaned, or completed to spec". It has been dry stored for its life so far, and structurally the bike is solid, the crank seems to move well, but out of the four rims available, one has a spoke missing.
That is all the info that I am working with so far, my main concern would be whether that rust is only on the surface, or whether it could have penetrated deeper into the frame. Its a 24" ctt (seat tube), so I assume roughly a 23.5" ctt (top tube), which should still be in my useable range. I have attached photos below - they are not the greatest, but they were the ones that were made available to me.
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