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Carlton experts! What have I just bought??

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by loopybike, 25 Jan 2018.

  1. loopybike

    loopybike Über Member

    20180125_195114.jpg 20180125_195129.jpg 20180125_195141.jpg 20180125_195135.jpg 20180125_195211.jpg 20180125_195236.jpg 20180125_195230.jpg 20180125_195311.jpg 20180125_195508.jpg Took a gamble on an eBay Carlton. But I have no idea on the age or model. Can anyone help?

    There is no serial number under the bb or on the rear drop out as I can see. Should I look anywhere else?

    I know it's rough, but I didn't pay enough to cry if it is no good! I plan to restore the frame and maybe use it as a base for a "special ".

    Thanks for looking
     
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  2. Drago

    Drago Guru

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    Mech dates it to late 70s, early eighties, but is quote likely not original. I'm no Carlton expert but the badge, style and patina say 1950s to me.
     
  3. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    Crespera lugged Tru Wel tubed frame was Carlton bread and butter, used for loads of models. Frame number under the seat cluster vertically below the seat bolt. Any sign or original colour nor chrome?
     
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  4. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    Crespera lugs 1967-74 if memory serves.
     
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  5. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    First wild stab a Corsa in poly lilac, is that a bit of lilac under the black :smile:
     
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  6. Illaveago

    Illaveago Veteran

    The date should be on the back of those Weinmann centre pulls.
     
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  7. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    If there is no brazed on rear brake bridge then Continental ?
     
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    loopybike

    loopybike Über Member

    Excellent, I have found the frame number. NC 4130059

    There is a pale blue, sort of corn flower blue under the black. The lower front forks may have been chromed
     
  9. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    1974, not sure why it's an N ? Does it have a brazed on rear brake bridge?

    Will be in this brochure :smile:

    http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=110238
     
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    loopybike

    loopybike Über Member

    After some research
    Nottingham
    February
    1974

    Not super old or rare then. Hopefully I won't upset people if I turn it into a "special" :smile:
     
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  11. Drago

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    That'd make a sweet tracker!
     
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    loopybike

    loopybike Über Member

    Sorry, what's a tracker?
     
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  13. Drago

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    Racer frame, speedway or cowhorn bars, relatively fat and knobbly touring or bicycle speedway tyres, often with no front brake. Its what generations of British kids rode off road before the BMX and MTB came about.

    1965 1.jpg
     
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    loopybike

    loopybike Über Member

    Cor! I wouldn't of liked to have met that lot down the park! I'd be quaking in my green snorkel coat and green flash pumps!
     
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  15. Drago

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    I'm slowly assembling the parts to build a tracker myself. New parts would be easy - I'm hunting for old period parts with a bit of patina.
     
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