When I was a nipper, my dream bike was a Raleigh mustang. Compared to Free Spirits, Apollos and such it was great. Pinky/purple spray.
Compared to the old rusty to hell grifters, resprayed and modded strikers, etc, it was the coolest thing.
When I got one for Christmas, I could not have been happier. It WAS cool. Loads of people thought so. I loved it.
Later, I dreamt about a white technium chill in my Raleigh dealer. It was a Raleigh. It was lush. It was cool again.
Looking back, the bikes may not have been great, but how cool were they at they time??
As such, they will always have a certain coolness about them to me. I had the feeling of owning a COOL bike.
A few days back, I said a Raleigh Mustang (in purple / lilac) was cool, to the cries of confusion and losing the plot
But regardless of what the naysayers say (I just wanted to type that... it serves no purpose, there's nothing more to see here, move along...) some of those bikes were cool, not because of their qualities (or lack of), the brand, their weight, they attracted many to something that carried on.