the case of the missing raleigh serial numbers
As I’ve thrown myself head-first into owning and learning about vintage Raleighs (in the span of about one month, we went from owning zero Raleighs to three Raleighs – yikes!), I’ve compiled a growing list of questions.
One of these has to do with the serial number each Raleigh supposedly has on the seat lug. My Grand Prix has such a serial number embossed into the back of the seat tube and as a result I know that the bike was made in Nottingham (serial number starts with an ‘N’) in January of 1987. But I have been unable to find any number or identification mark of any sort on the 1960s Raleighs (a men’s Sprite and a women’s Sports).
I’m not ruling out the possibility that I’m just being obtuse about it and just not finding it, but I’m also wondering whether it’s possible that some Raleighs did not have serial numbers embossed on them? Has anyone come across something like this before and, if so, have any information about this?
A brief online search hasn’t yielded much information and I’m not certain what to make of our two rogue Raleighs with no IDs. Thank you for any tips in advance!