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Old 01-20-10, 04:07 AM
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Aware that this threat has been dormant for quite a while, I want to share my 5 cents...
That serial number could be indicating that your was a bike sold in Denmark - may be your colleague bought it from a Dane in Italy, stole it in Denmark ...or simply wanted to make it sound slightly more exotic....
According to a Danish law from 1942 every bike has to marked with a unique serial number. Since Centurion has been a very popular bike in Denmark since the late 1970'ies, it could speculated be that the Danish importer persuaded the frame manufacturer to strike the serial number into the frame before painting to avoid damaging the paint job by doing it after - pure speculation, but anyhow.

I have 2 Centurions - a 1982 Le Mans and a 1984 Pro Tour. Both have similar type of numbering starting with WAK

Danish Bike serial no has following struture: WXX 1234567890 Y
Meaning:

W = Imported bike
XX = Letter code indentifying manufacturer or importer (AK- Centurion, AR-Raleigh, KM-Motobecane ...many more)
1234567890 = Bike serial number
Y = Letter code indentifying year of production (see below)

Your bike is marked "V" meaning that it is a 1982 model.




Code



Production year
A1942196419852006B1943196519862007C1944196619872008D1945196719882009E1946196819892010F194719691990G1 94819701991H194919711992J195019721993K195119731994L195219741995M195319751996N195419761997P1955197719 98Q1956---R195719781999S195819792000T195919802001U196019812002V196119822003X196219832004Z196319842005
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