Thanks again everyone, this sort of thread really puts good info in any readers mind, even when a clash of informations seems to happen
I am of the school of thought that I never have too much info about anything, simply not enough, so for my mind reading both Hamsters & RK's posts make for better informed
"Ian my friend, really appreciate that you have checked your old catalogue, this is priceless, for it is the final piece in the puzzle " Thank You.
As I said earlier, every post has helped put the puzzle together quickly, and combined with the sellers honest provenence re: ownership I am happy to badge this up as a Raleigh type 8802 531c Luxe
. The original kit of Shimano 600 just about wraps this up as a positive ID on an original non faffed with Raleigh.
Whoever owned this bike must have loved it. Shimano 600 group (good in its day) Mavic rims, 501hubs, Mavic 801 1986 rear mech (1 came in the box of goodies) , gear levers, good then, still good today. I also removed a Campagnolo Triomphe chainset, seatpost, and got the brakes & levers with it (sadly only 1 NOS lever), all in all a very lucky buy for me.
The only downside is "she has to get re-homed once more". The longer I keep it, the harder its going to get to let go, its already killing me to write this, but there are only so many I can house. 2 Faggins, 1 Paganini, 1 Mecacycle, 1 Bonavia, 2 Zeus, and 5 runarounds & 2 mtbs + 3more to come. God has a sick sense of humour, he only gave me 1 pair of legs and 1 body to ride.
I love all my bikes, but I'm 49% collector and 51% rider, and its the rider in me that yearns for miles. Love bikes, probably more than I should, but love riding them even more, but no where near as much as I should
I'm thinking a decent low price for this ONLY if it goes to someone who will ride it & love it ( I will be checking potential buyers ) and not for someone to re-sell for a few extra bucks. Will make a seperate post re: sale, thanks again everyone, yours Laz.