I picked this one up today for a fair price. A 1950 Hercules 3 Speed Sports.
This was built before Raleigh aquired the company in 1960.
Here it is purchased.
At some point in it’s 66 years the original trigger has been replaced by a Sturmey Archer 3/4 speed trigger.
Head badge looks good.
The drive side crank is strangely bent and filed to clear the chaincase.
I suspect the spindle is backwards…
Sports Model decal.
Old style calipers that take a specific cable.
An N.O.S. cable included in the sale.
Interesting brake levers.
An odd cable stop. I don’t think it’s correct.
Enclosed chain case.
Hercules A Type 0 three speed hub made under licence from Sturmey Archer.
Made in England! So there you have it.
Work to follow.
This is the closest ad I could find from 1950.
Burgundy with white fenders.