Early & Unique Raleigh Bicycles

1908 First Grade Raleigh Model No 4

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1908 First Grade Raleigh Model No 4

Frame # 218439

with Inverted Lever front brake

and 1st Pattern (‘C Type’) Sturmey-Archer Tricoaster 

26″ Frame

28″ Wheels

This sporty ‘First Grade Raleigh No 4’ was unpacked after 20 years in a box in my friend’s warehouse in America.

How do I know it’s a No 4?

– Good question; I would never have known …if it hadn’t said so on the seat tube.

The transfers are remarkably intact for a 104-year-old machine, and most of the box lining also still shows clearly on the old paint.

1907 RALEIGH CATALOGUE

 

BROOKS B18 FOR GENTLEMEN PATENT LIGHT ROAD SADDLE

& RALEIGH TOOLBAG

 20th CENTURY HEADLIGHT
 
 

1907 RALEIGH CATALOGUE

 1908 STURMEY ARCHER FIRST PATTERN (‘C TYPE’) TRICOASTER

1907: HOW THE RALEIGH SUPERBE IS MADE