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Old 05-27-14, 02:49 AM
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Old Raleigh identification

I bought this old Raleigh yesterday, and Iīm now trying to find out what model it is.
I searched on different locations on the internet, but havenīt been able to find an exact answer.
The serial number on the frame is AB 87975. That search didnīt give any spesific answers.
Then I tried the SA hub, but it was only marked with AB. Not very helpful either.
I believe the bike is from the 30s, and was sold new here in Norway.


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It looks very 1930s to me, given the quadrant shifter and slack angles. The AB hub first came out in 1938, according to the Sturmey Heritage site. Is there a date code stamped on the front dynohub? What size are the wheels?
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Look for a number on the rear hub. It may just be one digit, and it may be very faint. It should be somewhere near the letters AB.
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After a very close inspection, I found what appears to be either a "6"- or an "8"-digit close to the AB.
If the first production year for the AB-hub is 1938, then I guess the digit is an 8, and the bike a 1938 model.
The wheels are 28", by the way.

Thank you very much for all help!
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Isn;t this a tourist-DL 1?

Watch an auction for one of these restored, final price was over 5k.
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The AB hub is a three speed with a drum brake, correct? If so, could you please take a picture of the rear hub from the left (non-drive) side of the bike?
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