Raleigh serial number dating
In 1974, an entirely different numbering system was introduced for the higher end (531 and subsequently 753) Raleighs. It indicates the year of manufacture, the decade being assumed (i.e.
Sample is from 2001 Digits 2,3,4 are day (001-365). This chart has been developed as an additional reference guide (more so then simply dating off Sturmey-Archer hubs) for the positive identification of Raleigh frames and entire bicycles. Given the number of bicycles produced at Raleigh during any given year versus the relatively small sample size of bikes available to me (200 individual examples at last count), I cannot guarentee absolute accuracy.As proper factory documentation is very limited, the following charts are a constant work in progress; they have been compiled by examining numerous Raleigh frames from each period, component date codes, decal schemes, color availabilities per year; and - occasionally - official papers. Nevertheless, please put your mind at ease - these serial charts have been checked, re-checked, and are as accurate as I can provide at their time of publication.Between 1925 and the cessation of cycle production during the Second World War, letters prefixed or suffixed the running frame number although no indication is given of the starting point of the numbers.They seem to reflect only the number of machines produced whilst each letter was in use. (Info from the Nottinghamshire Archives) A new numbering system was introduced in 1955, though this ran concurrently with the old one for two years. Reynolds 531) frames, and involved the placing of a character at the beginning of the serial number.