Unusual Carlton - any idea what model?


GT Fan
This frame I just bought is said to be a 531 Carlton from the 1970's but it has the earlier Capella lugs. Capella lugs were used by Carlton from 1959-1967.

Down tube transfer and brazed gear lever bosses indicate from the 70's. Dropouts look 70's. Lamp bracket on fork looks 50s-60's. Bit of a weird one 🤔. Did they just use older lugs? (I've seen some mid-late 1970's SBDU Raleigh's use Capella lugs... Even on 753 tubesets; https://raleigh-sb4059.com/2020/02/...bdu-ilkeston-reynolds-753-sb1625-new-arrival/).

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rBotM Winner
PoTM Winner
One for History Man to solve..if you can get a frame number….

Old Ned

Old School Grand Master
Is that an early Stronglight cotterless axle with the threads on the axle end? I had a couple MANY years ago when I were nobbutt' a lad - and I reckon they were a few years old then!

Or is it some modern 'budget' axle?


Retro Wizard
Certainly Capella lugs, dropouts look like they have been replaced so could have had more braze ons. I'll have a ponder....


Senior Retro Guru
The rear dropouts are by Vitus and appeared on Raleigh & Carlton models in the early 80's so maybe an indication to when the frame was updated.