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Ball Park Value of Lenton

Old 01-08-18, 09:26 AM
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Ball Park Value of Lenton

I was looking for a ball park figure for a Releigh Lenton. I have 2 of these and will post them in my local CL or Ebay. I believe mine is a 1957 with Cyclo-Benelux M7 and Brooks Swallow. So this matches my description. Pictures to follow.

Serial: 29457

The Lenton Grand Prix, no. 7, was the first Raleigh with derailleur gear as standard fit: an eight-speed Cyclo-Benelux Mark 7 with a 14T, 16T, 18T and 20T block and a Williams double 46T/49T chainring with a Benelux hand-control front changer. Alloy brakes, a Brooks B15 "Swallow" saddle and Racelite hubs made for a high standard specification warranting a 27. 19 s. 6 d. price. This was offered in an entirely new color: Silver Grey with white peak head and fitments or Sunset Yellow with black peak head and fitments. The 1961 models had a cable operated front derailleur instead of the rod-control.


Lenton Raleigh by rick, on FlickrShifter by rick, on Flickr
Non Drive side Lenton by rick , on Flickr
Crank Benelux by rick , on Flickr

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Old 01-08-18, 12:10 PM
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...I paid about 600 bucks for one off CL in excellent original shape about 6 years ago. It has the Cyclo Benelux and rod shifter you describe, so ought to be close in age. I think the guy I bought it from had bought it on e-bay for about that same amount of money. There ought to be some previous e-bay sales history figures for comparison.

Local prices here on CL have gone only downward since that time. To the point where I'm hesitant to guess on CL valuations any more.
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I'm thinking about 300 range +/-.

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Old 01-10-18, 09:33 PM
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A lot depends on condition. If they're rough, you will have trouble moving them at all. 70's Raleigh Grand Prix's seem to go for $100-175 locally. Your Lenton will have more collector interest, but old British bikes don't seem to be too hot right now, unless they're something special like a Hetchins, Claude Butler, Ephgrave, etc. A 1959 Lenton Grand Prix in nice shape just sold for $257 + $110 s/h on the 7th on eBay.
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The value of this kind of bike is also highly dependent on location. Prices in the US tend to be higher than in the UK, but rarely high enough to justify shipping.
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Nice bikes but really doesn't have that much going for it, other than being really old. Pretty rough condition so I'm gonna throw out a $150 value
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If I were looking, I'd be a little confused by the pics and your description. Two blue 57's but they have cable front gears?? Peter Kohlers article identifies a grey Model 7 as a 1958 release. Not sure what we're looking at. Anyone?

Be specific with pics and words for both bikes to get the most value and the best assessment. You mention Racelite hubs, are they laced to Special Lighweight rims? Good, original condition models top out near the $300 range in strong markets imo.

Both should be overhauled and cleaned to get market value. Not as is.

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I do agree that this is a niche bike; someone looking for an example of an English club bike. Also value has got to have something to do with the over-the-top transfers on the Lenton Grand Prixs. The B15 has value for sure. GB components: stem stamped G, bars with the etching of Great Britian, brakes with the anodized "jewel" pivot bolt cap etc, also have value. Find someone that appreciates these and you should sell for ~ $500...imho.
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Originally Posted by LouB View Post
I do agree that this is a niche bike; someone looking for an example of an English club bike. Also value has got to have something to do with the over-the-top transfers on the Lenton Grand Prixs. The B15 has value for sure. GB components: stem stamped G, bars with the etching of Great Britian, brakes with the anodized "jewel" pivot bolt cap etc, also have value. Find someone that appreciates these and you should sell for ~ $500...imho.


Nice Bike. I know that these are somewhat of a niche market and in a larger size. I remember looking for a Lenton years back and picked these up for the nostalgia. They are large for me but I know someone will want to get this on the road.
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