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Old (claimed 1930's) Raleigh: What is it? FMV?

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Old (claimed 1930's) Raleigh: What is it? FMV?

This popped up locally and I'm interested. Thoughts on which model it is and what would be a fair price? Size? Seller claims fully functional/ready to ride, new brake pads, missing bit of leather up front off the Brooks and from late 1930s. Additional chain case comes with it.






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Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, still in production today. As pictured, I would estimate $350-$400. That is the intermediate frame size, a bit hard to find.

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Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, still in production today. As pictured, I would estimate $350-$400. That is the intermediate frame size, a bit hard to find.
Sort of what I suspected. Though asking price is well below your estimate. Unfortunately not sure if I will fit (at 6'2") on the frame size. Probably not the best buddy-bike for when friends come to town either....

I suppose I could flip. Should I expect a premium if I can confirm its a 1937?
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On the $180 asking price, if you got it for $150, it would be a great deal. But if your thinking ebay, it is a weighty beast. Check sold comps, you'll be surprised. Despite getting a Sprite pinched from my work stand the other night, I am glad it wasn't this 1978ish DL-1!


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Sort of what I suspected. Though asking price is well below your estimate. Unfortunately not sure if I will fit (at 6'2") on the frame size. Probably not the best buddy-bike for when friends come to town either....

I suppose I could flip. Should I expect a premium if I can confirm its a 1937?
I would say yes, a 1937 one is more interesting and more valuable than a newer one, and this one is probably from 1937. A 1937 hub will be marked AW 7. The quadrant shifter (on the top tube) certainly indicates a relatively early date, probably 1930's, though they occasionally appear on bikes from the 40's (and of course you can put one on any bike you like).

The saddle is shot; probably missing the nose hardware along with the leather it was riveted to.

I'm not completely convinced it's a DL-1. They also made bikes like this with 26" wheels. The 26" rims usually have flat sides, though... so probably 28" wheels.
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