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 Post subject: Raleigh Vitesse dating
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:17 pm 
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Hello everybody.

I am just about to purchase a Raleigh Vitesse in white which is in mint condition.

How do I find out how old it is and also between what dates did Raleigh manufacture this model?

Thanks.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:50 pm 
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1991 if it's the same as this one:

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:58 pm 
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No it's all white, but I will post a picture once I have it. I have only seen it once and am picking it up tomorrow.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:05 pm 
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First number (third character) of the serial no. is the last number of the year. My Ozark, WL750051 was made in May 1987.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:39 pm 
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Here's the bike

Frame number under bottom bracket YF97A00281 and a serial number on seat tube 52491598. My googling skills are letting me down :(

Can anybody date it for me please?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:54 pm 
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Tricky....there's one on ebay:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1991-RALEIGH- ... 4607f6cbf7

Seller also says its a 1991 model.

Sound about right - although catalogue scans for early 1990's are thin on the ground for some reason......


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