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Vintage Raleigh Super Grand Prix 1979. Should I Part it Out?

Old 06-17-19, 08:09 AM
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Vintage Raleigh Super Grand Prix 1979. Should I Part it Out?

I was recently gifted a Raleigh Super Grand Prix from 1979 made in England . It was given to me for parts (it does ride fine) the guy that gave it to me just wanted rid of the bicycle. I was really only I interested in some components and I was going to part the bicycle out. But once I received the bicycle and I noticed it was completely original minus the seat. It's not in mint shape, the chrome needs some love (surface rust). Hopefully the pictures show the condition. I hate to strip the bicycle if someone that loves Raleigh brand would prefer to have it and give it the love it needs. What do you guys think? I posted it in the for sale section but I would be curious as to how you guys fell about if it's worth keeping it together. I'm not really a Raleigh fan and don't know anything about the value, dollars or otherwise. Some of the components have value to me... but I can also pick those up elsewhere individually for the sake of the bicycle.

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Serial Number WD9000098
63-64 cm
Aluminum Rims

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Old 06-17-19, 08:26 AM
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It's not completely original as the RD has been changed. Nor is it particularly valuable. This bike isn't worth parting out. I'd clean it up and sell it locally on CL. This bike will sell eventually at around $100 and it's not worth much more than that.

I recently picked up a Peugeot UO 9, a fairly similar bike, in much better shape for $49.
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Old 06-17-19, 08:43 AM
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...probably one of the last machines assembled (not manufactured) at the Oklahoma facility...

also one of the last made in the U.K. Raleighs imported to the U.S.

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Old 06-17-19, 08:55 AM
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Basically a Grand Prix, built in Worksop, with many Super Course components. Not common, but not in high demand either.
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Giraffe-tall frame like that is a market limiter, but at the same time, a major selling point for that limited market. I would put in on CL as "whole or frame". List the parts you'd want to scavenge off it, but leave the option for a ready-to-ride sale. You'll have few people looking for this size of frame, but whoever is, they're also likely having trouble finding a bike to fit them. So they may want to build it to suit or they may want to buy-and-ride.
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Old 06-17-19, 11:19 AM
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I have one just like it that I built for my daughter. Mine has near perfect chrome , but the paint is a little chipped in places. Hers is 23" frame which I can and have ridden . It rides well and hers sports all original components except for the wheels ( I changed for her). She wanted Campy record hubs laced to some Mavic anodized wheels. I think they would make nice touring bikes , they take wider tires than some bikes of that vintage. She loves the bar end shifters . Joe
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Looks like a decent set of bars/stem, and the shifters are worth around $40. I'd be tempted to snag those parts, put some generic bars on, make it a single speed, and sell it that way. The viability of that route would depend on one's location.
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Originally Posted by due ruote View Post
Looks like a decent set of bars/stem, and the shifters are worth around $40. I'd be tempted to snag those parts, put some generic bars on, make it a single speed, and sell it that way. The viability of that route would depend on one's location.
+ 1. I missed the bar ends. They're worth something but other than that the bike is not really worth parting out.
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Old 06-17-19, 12:47 PM
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Odd I just saw one of these locally that had been converted to flat bar Fixie and though - never seen a Super Gran Prix before..... whatever you do make sure the adjuster/ferrule for the rear brake -the one in the curved brake bridge -stays with the bike, those things can be a bear to find. I would agree that the bar cons are the most intriguing part on the bike. Upper entry level bike.
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SS/FG or Gravel/Adventure

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Looks like a decent set of bars/stem, and the shifters are worth around $40. I'd be tempted to snag those parts, put some generic bars on, make it a single speed, and sell it that way. The viability of that route would depend on one's location.
Not a race bike...but the tire clearance is ample...good for urban or gravel...and the slack geometry makes for pretty smooth crusing.
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Fixie-fication is indeed another option, but the fixie craze is not what it once was (a fixie-fied '70s [not Super] Grand Prix came up a while back on our local CL for FREE). But all options (fixie, gravel, restore-in-place, part-out) are speculative, and once again, hinge on the market for such a HUGE frame. That's why I wouldn't DO anything with it in any of those directions, before getting a sense of who in your area is looking for this size bike, and what they're looking for.
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Old 06-17-19, 02:37 PM
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That would be a nice utility bike. I agree about those shifters. They'd sell easily.
I don't flip bikes anymore, but when I did I was never able to sell the large-sized ones.
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