Old 08-25-18, 07:17 AM
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Bikes: 1968 Raleigh Super Course. 1972 Raleigh Professional, 1975 Raleigh International, 1978 Raleigh Professional, 1985 Raleigh Prestige, 1972 Schwinn Paramount, 1980 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8, 1978 Schwinn Varsity, 1976 Peugeot PX10, 1972 Motobecane Le Champ

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BarryCW your bike was made in October of 1980. It is in fact an export model. The W at the front of your serial number indicates that it was made at Carlton’s Worksop factory. The N as the second digit was used to designate that the frame was made in October (each month was a different letter). The third digit is the is the year. A 0 is for 1980, a 1 would be 81 and a 2 would be 82. This serial number system began in 1973, before that W was not used at the front. If it had been a 1970 frame the serial # would begin with an E, 71would be an F, 72 a G. That system began with an A in 1966 and ended in the middle of 1973 with H and the W system began. I hope the 1980 year is not a disappointment to you as you have a bike that was made for Raleigh by Carlton at a time when they still put out great bikes!
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