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Calling All 1950's Raleigh Owners; Serial Number Help Needed!

Old 08-29-10, 12:20 PM
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Calling All 1950's Raleigh Owners; Serial Number Help Needed!

My "new" Humber Sports arrived last night; thanks to Roll-Monroe-Co for his Pay It Foward generosity.

I unpacked it this morning and since it is in "kit" form, I started to sort things out. I will definitely have my work cut out for me, but I do enjoy a challenge.

The Humber was posted as a 1954 model year, but since the rear wheel was not with the bike, this may not be the case. This is where I need some asistance. The serial number is 94627 with the letters BU directly beneath. Accordding to Kurt's web site The Headbadge, this serial number may fall in a span of several years, from 1953 upward. This photo from Kurt's site shows the location of the serial number:



What I need is for anyone who has a mid-50's Raleigh with the 5 digit serial number followed by the letters BU to respond to this post and tell me what year your bike was manufactured. I'm hoping that with enough responses, I can determine the exact year my Humber was made.

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Got your PM, Gary. You're the first in my chart with a BU serial, though I have a few BX and BY's ambiguously spread out between '54 and '55. I don't have enough serials to pass judgment on anything, but I do have enough evidence to show that this range wasn't used before or after the '53 or '56 range.

I'd like to hear input from anyone with serials ranging from xxxxxBP to xxxxxBZ.

In the meantime, I'd feel safe calling it either a '54 or a '55.

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P.S.: What lugs does it have? Post a photo of the whole thing.
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Originally Posted by cudak888
Got your PM, Gary. You're the first in my chart with a BU serial, though I have a few BX and BY's ambiguously spread out between '54 and '55. I don't have enough serials to pass judgment on anything, but I do have enough evidence to show that this range wasn't used before or after the '53 or '56 range.

I'd like to hear input from anyone with serials ranging from xxxxxBP to xxxxxBZ.

In the meantime, I'd feel safe calling it either a '54 or a '55.

-Kurt

P.S.: What lugs does it have? Post a photo of the whole thing.
Here's a pic of the seat tube lug with serial number stamp:



Steer tube lugs:



Bottom bracket lugs. I have no idea what the 6mm tapped hole near the BB is for:



Finally, the fork showing the 1 remaining brazeon, the one for the right leg is missing. Where could I find another?


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I believe the '55s went to fancy lugs, hence, it is probably a '54. Nevertheless, I'd like to see more examples if anyone here has them, to be sure.

The tapped chainstay hole is for mounting the full chaincase.

Search me on the braze-on; that fork end design is uniquely Humber.

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