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Alex Moulton therefore built his own factory and started delivering Moultons to the trade in March 1963. ******************** Determining the Age of a Raleigh Note that the serial number information below is fragmentary and incomplete, and many bikes have proven to be much newer than the serial numbers would suggest.
The new machine was an immediate success, and most production had to be farmed out to Fisher & Ludlow, a subsidiary of the British Motor Corporation. It appears that Raleigh recycled many of the older serial numbers in later years, so there are lots of bikes from the 60s and 70s that have serial numbers that would suggest much greater age.
In October 1960, a licensing agreement was drawn up allowing Raleigh to make the new, small-wheeled, unisex, dual-suspension Moulton bicycle.
Production was scheduled to commence in November 1961 but in September, Raleigh imposed a moratorium: Leslie Roberts, Raleigh’s incoming managing director, did not believe the Moulton could yield a reasonable profit. 1970 – Chopper (U K) 1970 – Production ceased motorised products.
It was unclear whether the RSW breached Moulton’s patents and in June 1964 Raleigh sought a production licence for the Moulton bicycle. It appears that Raleigh recycled many of the older serial numbers in later years, so there are lots of bikes from the 60s and 70s that have serial numbers that would suggest much greater age.In 1951, Raleigh produced more than a million cycles.But between 19, as increasingly prosperous consumers abandoned the cycle in favour of the car, cycle sales in the UK halved.The new cycle, and the interest it created in cycling as a stylish, modern and practical mode of transport, had arrested the steep post-war decline in UK cycle sales. (Info from the Nottinghamshire Archives) 1947: 437689 P 1948: 556894 P 1949: 695051 P 1951: 151179 T 1952: 236530 T 1953: 367369 T 1954: 566722 T 1955: 747951 T 1956: 852312 T 1957: 872584 T 1955 – 1966 A new numbering system was introduced in 1955, though this ran concurrently with the old one for two years.However, Raleigh was seeing little benefit, except from the Sturmey-Archer hubs it sold to Moulton. The new system involved a second running letter, added to the first, which began at the start of the alphabet.