Advice on hood covers please? TIA

b1nners

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Thanks for the info all- obviously disappointing to hear. Not sure about the paintwork; there are some 531 stickers on the forks but I doubt this is the place they would be and given that there is a Colstar sticker on there it doesn't really mean anything :/
That said, the frame does feel pretty light (haven't been able to weigh it) and the bike rides well.
 

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Thanks for the info all- obviously disappointing to hear. Not sure about the paintwork; there are some 531 stickers on the forks but I doubt this is the place they would be and given that there is a Colstar sticker on there it doesn't really mean anything :/
That said, the frame does feel pretty light (haven't been able to weigh it) and the bike rides well.
If it rides as good as it looks there’s no problem 😁
 

b1nners

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Don’t mind Old Ned, he got dropped on his head as a child. 😁
It’s possibly not 1963, I’m pretty sure nothing in the range that year had those features.
It’s more likely either a Spectra or an Electron both of which first appeared in 1967.
Low in the Holdsworthy Claud Butler range but still higher than a lot on the high street back in those days (IMO, just look at the crap Raleigh were flogging!)
If you ever slip the forks out at sometime maybe for new bearings/service etc, you will find a clearly stamped number on the steering tube. We can date it accurately from that.
Thanks peachy, based on the paintwork and lettering I would put my money on the electron, assuming it's real.
I also saw something about the electron having 531 for the forks only, which corresponds to the location of the 531 stickers on the bike.
Not sure though so I'll look into it more and update if I find anything.
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The last of the Electron frames in 1976 (frameset only spec) had 531.
 
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