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1957 Raleigh Lenton Grand Prix

An interesting bike showed up today on Kijiji, Toronto. A modified 1957 Raleigh Lenton Grand Prix.

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From Ipernity.com:

“A final variant of the Lenton was introduced in 1957. The Lenton Grand Prix, no. 7, had a derailleur gear as standard fit: a eight-speed Cyclo-Benelux Mark 7 with a 14T, 16T, 18T and 20T block and a Williams double 46T/49T chainring with a Benelux hand-control front changer. Alloy GB Sports brakes, Racelite large-flange hubs, a Brooks B15 Swallow saddle and Racelite hubs made for a high standard specification and warranted a “thoroughbred” pricing of 25 guineas. This was offered in a new colours: Silver Grey or Black with cream peak head and fitments or the familiar Lenton Green with Carmine peak head and fitments. The Grand Prix was made only in a gents frame. The 1960-61 models had a cable operated front derailleur instead of the rod-control.”

Owner is asking for best offer.

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Below is a well preserved original example with the proper derailleurs.

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z (1).gifz (1).gifAn interesting note:

John Lennon received a Lenton in 1952 as a gift for doing well at school.

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John Lennon continued riding bikes when he moved to New York.

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2 responses

  1. Jan

    It’s mine now! and is a good ride

    June 14, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    • Congratulations! Are you going to restore it?

      June 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm

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