Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Burnaby,B.C., Canada
Bikes: 1952 Urago " Tour De France ",late '50's/early '60's P. Peschi: Early '70's Chrome Garlatti ; 1981 Fuji S12S 650b conversion : 1985 Apollo/Kuwahara Sierra Grande: 2013 Rawland Stag 650b
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Maybe it should be titled "Raleigh Carltons" but I was looking into some of the history of Raleigh, the Carlton Worksop connection, as well as the later Iikeston/SBDU and Nottingham Lightweight Unit. It is all quite interesting if not fascinating, if only because of my current Raleigh Gran Tour as well as having a '74 International and at one time years ago a new '78 Super Course. So there is a bit of a connection there but what I was focusing on was the last year of operation of the Carlton Worksop location ( an ex Rolls Royce building apparently ) which appears to have been 1980, and their moving over to the Nottingham factory as a small entity within which produced the better quality higher end Raleighs from 1981 and on and their connection as Raleigh took a few of the better Carlton frame builders over to Nottingham - shutting down the Worksop location with labor disputes playing a large role in that, I believe. I do know they continued to use the ' W ' prefix as was the practice for Carlton produced bikes before then. I found some information on the Gran Tour ( sold as a frame set only ) gleaned from some online catalog scans from 1983/84 and after checking the complete serial number on the bike I found this: WN4002700 which makes it a late production 1984. I almost feel like putting a small Carlton decal on the seat tube as a homage to the marque but would it be a sacrilege of sorts?. The frame tubing is Reynolds 531C as well as forks and it is nicely made. Anyone else have a Carlton/Raleigh from late '79 to the mid '80's? I have not seen any others with the same script style for the Raleigh down tube decals on any other except the Gran Tour - so far.
Last edited by VintageRide; 07-09-14 at 05:05 PM.