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Old 09-22-10, 06:58 AM
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NOS 1968 Raleigh Sports

This CL ad says it all, but you'd better be sitting down first:

https://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/1967052367.html

Priceless!

Have you ever ridden a brand new 1968 Raleigh Sports Bicycle? Here's your chance!!

This is truly at least one in a million. The chances of someone finding another BOXED Raleigh Sports of this vintage in such immaculate condition and complete are slim to none! If you love these bikes it simply doesn't get any better than this - this can not be trumped! A MUST have for the Raleigh collector/enthusiast. I have been collecting vintage Raleigh Sports, Superbes, and Lentons for several years now and have never come across one of these:

NEW OLD STOCK 1968 Ladies Raleigh Sports 3 speed Bicycle made in Nottingham, England. This bike has never been assembled and comes in its original box!!! This is an incredibly RARE and exciting find. The bike has a 22" frame. It still has the original twine and foam holding the parts together. The Brooks leather seat is still in its original plastic bag. The original tags are still hanging on the frame. The tires are still in excellent condition. The bike is complete with all the extra options, including the frame pump, carrier bag and original tools. All decals and badges.. perfect. Sturmey Archer 'bullet-proof' internally geared 3 speed hub. All of the parts are in excellent condition. The box has some wear and rips from storage. The paint is a deep, rich & glossy dark green color. There is no damage to the frame.

The Sports model was Raleighs top of the line model, and in this condition is so rare and basically impossible to find, especially one that’s 42 years old. If you have been looking for the perfect English 3 speed, here it is. If you collect these bikes or just looking for a perfect Raleigh to ride the city in high style you will want this one. Great bicycle for a man or a woman.

This beautiful bicycle was purchased at an estate sale from a widow whose husband owned a bicycle shop. She found the bike in the 'store room' of the shop after he passed on. I acquired it from her recently. I have grown to know and love these old English 3 speeds very well over the years and was immediately impressed when I saw it ... WOW... honestly have never seen one this nice. NOS complete Raleigh Sports from any year is not something you see often. The bike is 100% complete and original. The original tires still have all their tread. This bike has literally sat in a time capsule for 42 years- it is brand new.
Here are some features/points:

-Made in Nottingham, England in May 1968
-20-30 High Carbon steel lugged tubing
-There is not a spec of rust on the bike, there never was, not even surface rust.
-The paint is beautiful, with a rich green color and a deep, glassy gloss. Absolutely no fading. Gold pin striping throughout.
-All the chrome is bright and beautiful. Every metal screw, nut, bolt, hub, spring and clamp is shiny and like new. Stainless steel spokes still sparkle. No stripping or even tool marks! Chromed 'thimble' fork crowns, chrome point on front fender.
-Sturmey Archer Raleigh patterned rims are chrome and like mirrors.
-Bike has original tires and are clearly still very ridable.
-Rear Sturmey Archer 3 speed "bulletproof" hub stamped 68 5 with oil port.
-Front hub stamped ‘Sturmey Archer made in England’.
-Original black rear carrier/saddle bag
-Raleigh 'Made in England' caliper brakes.
-Original Brooks quality leather saddle
-Raleigh’s signature chromed ‘heron’ chainwheel, cranks, and pedals all look like they just came out of the box.. wait, they are in the box!
-original white 'dare' style hand grips
-All decals and emblems are present, crisp and not faded. Raleigh ‘badge of Quality’ on head tube is perfect.
-22" from center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube.
-original Made in England aluminum tire pump on the frame

I must say, every part on this bike is truly in exquisite condition. The ultimate collectable piece of bicycle history perfectly preserved. These bikes were made to last 100 years, so this one still has at least that long. They are very easy to pedal, and have a very comfortable frame geometry, you move fast on these – not clunkers by any means! Anyone can work on these simple and dependable bikes, they’re pretty much indestructible. Such a joy to ride, makes my smile muscles hurt every time.

Unmolested, unassembled, unridden. Not even exposed to light for 42 years. Keep it packaged, or feel the thrill of being the first to assemble and ride a 42 year old Raleigh Sports bicycle as it was right out of the Raleigh factory in Nottingham, England!!!

Please see 14 better pictures of bike on photobucket here: https://s47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...0Sports%20NOS/

If interested and serious please contact Alex through this post.

First $2,500 cash takes it home.

Thanks and Good Luck!

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Fork's bent!



(I had to the first to say it. Beautiful bike BTW!)
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He took it out of the box?! That should drop it $250.

Oh, I just noticed it was a ladies frame...
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At $2500 is very likely not going to sell. Someone is looking for lightning in a bottle.

Besides, the Superbe was the top 3 speed, not the Sports.
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Old 09-22-10, 07:06 AM
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You must really like Raleighs to find it from St. Louis.

Alex is on fumes. He'll get his sale in the after life, or the buyers is smoking the same stuff he is. But I just might go check it out to give him some encouragement... if he doesn't demand a credit check just to see the bike.
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My question is, if someone buys it at $2500, assembles it and rides it, what is it worth at that point? Maybe $250? It's no longer NOS!
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You must really like Raleighs to find it from St. Louis.
I have several Google alerts set up, Raleigh Sports being one of them. Every morning I get several alerts e-mailed to me.
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Originally Posted by gbalke View Post
My question is, if someone buys it at $2500, assembles it and rides it, what is it worth at that point? Maybe $250? It's no longer NOS!
+1

There are a million of these bikes. This particular one would be best suited to a museum of some sort.
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Old 09-22-10, 08:22 AM
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+1 at least a million of those bikes out there, some of them in VG or even E condition, and those can be ridden every day without a thought and, given a little care, without losing a dollar of value.

It's an impossible sale--it can only go to someone who wants to keep it boxed in hopes of it appreciating. And how likely is that?
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It's quite a pretty bike, but there are still Raleigh Sports coming out of thousands of garages, barely ridden and almost as nice.

Those are for me. The crusty box and pamphlets are meaningless.
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Old 09-22-10, 04:10 PM
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Hmmm..... Looks suspiciously like this one:

https://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-RALEIGH-...item5adc03b67a
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...that's a reasonable final bid, maybe a little high but it is ebay after all.
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Hmmm..... Looks suspiciously like this one:

https://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-RALEIGH-...item5adc03b67a
Picture from e-Bay, auction ended 9/18, seller from Lowell, IN:


Picture from CL posted 9/22 from Brooklyn:

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I have a 1968 Raleigh Superbe - which is the deluxe version of the ubiquitous Sports. Its a 23" but I've managed to compensate for it being one size too large for me.

Enjoy yours!
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it's now 30% off.... and dropping. Maybe it'll go back on the bay.
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gbalke, thanks for quoting the whole ad for posterity! 'cuz now it's gone from CL and your copy is all that's left of it.

A friend of mine was interested in packaging and design, and got into the habit of buying one of every kind of chewing gum that appeared on the market. By the mid 80's he had hundreds, maybe thousands, of single packages of chewing gum, NOS. For all I know he's still doing it! I'm not sure why I'm telling you all this... it just somehow seems like a similar deal. Boots are made for walking. Gum is made for chewing. Bikes are made for riding. I don't really get the value of NOS.
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gbalke, thanks for quoting the whole ad for posterity! 'cuz now it's gone from CL and your copy is all that's left of it. ...

A friend of mine was interested in packaging and design,
The photobucket reference is useful to show the packaging, other than the wood fork spacer block missing, it works very well. very few of these came though with damage.
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Last NOS '70s Sports that legitimately sold on eBay brought under $300.

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This exact same bike sold 9/18 on ebay for $710. I don't get how the buyer is thinking that he can flip it on CL for more than it went for there! He's not reaching near the market that it had on ebay.
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Yeah, why would someone buy it? To have a NOS bike? How long would it stay NOS? If she rides it, it will magically transform from a NOS bike to an old, used bike, and the transformation will take a mere millisecond.
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if someone seriously wanted it, simply for the NOS status, he should just offer the seller the $755 that he paid on ebay, with shipping. he'll be lucky if he nets any siginficant profit on this... not good flip purchase, in my opinion. if it were a higher-end raleigh, maybe, but a ladies' sports?

here's a reply to the CL ad:

Dude,
I believe yer Raleigh is P errr NOS.
And that it is sweet is hell.

BUT:
CL folks are thrifty mofos,
and loooove those $300 3-speeds,
that you sniff at in yer post.

Soooo,
Get ye face time with collectors,
who will pay yer prices
without a fuss.

And take a class or two in presentation/packaging:

Unless the bike was really attacked by crack-smoking, Raleigh lovng zombie squirrels.

In which case, double your price.


Good luck!
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I've seen this same situation in a boxed up 70's Norton Commando, and a '69 Martin D-18.
Who wouldn't like a sparkling new Commando?
The D-18? Well that is just a guitar, no better and maybe worse than the same model available today.
I suppose in every interest area there are "boxed NOS" stuff selling for lots more than what would seem sensible. Especially if to be enjoyed for what was intended, it would have to be destroyed of its "mint" status.
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This exact same bike sold 9/18 on ebay for $710. I don't get how the buyer is thinking that he can flip it on CL for more than it went for there! He's not reaching near the market that it had on ebay.
If you read his original CL ad, he states that he bought the bike from the widow of a bike shop owner at an estate auction; not a very honest seller considering we know that he bought it from e-Bay.
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Do we know that the CL "seller" actually possesses said bike? We've seen many cases of CL scams employing photos of bikes still in the possession of forum members with no connection to the CL lister.
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The only Raleigh suitable for a museum is my 1939 sports, it's just that nice lol. this listing does make you wonder though, What if someone found a NOS Raleigh men's Superbe, wonder how much that would go for, I actualy own one thats Like NOS it was never really used but assembled but I paid free for it and for some reason it has a Dyno in each wheel, and is fully loaded with all the fancy stuff, bet that would bring in good coin on ebay lol
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