Could really do with some help identifying a frame I just collected. Tis a Raleigh with the markings as follows :
Frame number WN7001820.
Original Decals are Reynolds 531c on seattube, 531 Ti on forks, GVD with an O through it decal ?, this is just under the 531c decal, a decal saying this is an original raleigh on lower seattube close to BB.
I am understanding that the frame number =
W - Worksop
N - October
7 - 1977
001820 - the actual production run number
It is in red - white - and blue. It has a cinelli BB shell, Gipiemme dropouts, tight geometry ie: race clearances.
The whole conundrum has got me flustered because it looks like a 1987 model / version because of the oversized rear stay ends (last pic). The pics will tell more than I can. Its just that the date doesn't seem to match the frame design.
Any thoughts, information would be really most welcomed. I get the feeling it is a 1977 Jubilee model (celebrating Queens jubilee in 77), but the shape is just not right .... "ahead of its time ?" A possible re-use of date codes is my thinking. Tia, yours Laz.
PS: Is that a cinelli crown too ? It looks familiar ?
the frame is for sure not 1977. It's a second half of 1980s frame, my guess is 1986-1990.
The"W"prefix was used long after the Carlton factory at Worksop was closed and was used by Raleigh to differentiate their volume quality frames (i.e Lightweight Unit - LU) from the lesser models.
Do not confuse the LU with the SBDU at Ilkeston (closed in 1990). Raleigh, in my opinion, abused the Gerald O'Donovan"brand"to an extent.
Take a look at my Raleigh Corsa in Reader's Bikes and you'll see build similarities.
The oversize seat stay caps are a bit of a trademark (LU and SBDU).
I also have an SBDU Raleigh that I ordered direct from the SBDU and met O'Donovan at the time.
People tend to place too much emphasis on stickers and the GO'D ones appear all too frequently on non SBDU Raleighs - or they are retro fitted to the SBDU frames.
When the SBDU at Ilkeston closed (in 1990). GO'D worked out of Nottingham - this is when his decal began to appear (or just before) - when that actual decal appeared is a guess, TI is Tube Investments: parent company to Reynolds at that time.
These LU frames were retailed in large numbers by my LBS, Geoffrey Butler Cycles BITD.
Hope this helps, and take a look at the Corsa (bought new in 1984).
Co-founder of a V-CC section, member South Eastern Road Club and owner of - 2005 Bianchi Reparto Corse (modern), 1985 Raleigh SBDU Pro Super, 1984 Raleigh LU Corsa, 1980 Allin Stan Butler Special, 1978 Ron Cooper, 2 x 1970s Roberts, 1975 Bill Philbrook tourer, 1966 Raleigh Superbe Roadster 1964 Allin Stan Butler Special Belgique, 1951 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1950 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1947 Hetchins Super Special, 1908 Centaur Featherweight.