However, feel free to link to this page if you wish to make reference to the chart.Serials stamped on side of seat lug (men's), front of seat lug (ladies', not shown), or bottom bracket (men's and ladies,' not shown), positioning of serial has no relation to serial system - there does not appear to be rhyme or reason relating to positioning. 6 digits followed by the letter "P" or "T." "P" serials used until and during 1950.This convention might have been used in 1947 as well, however, we have not found any Raleigh examples from 1947 so far that exhibit this serial system.This convention remains still largely unidentified, though it appears to follow an identical format to convention #2; e.g., "12345RA." However, the first letter in the serial, "R," appears to remain for the entire run of this system.This system showed its face in 1970 (I have named it accordingly), and was phased out in mid-1973.EXCEPTIONS: Evidence indicates that a handful of '70-'71 frames - or their lugs, depending on when the stamping was done - may not have been released from the factory until 1973, and were consequently decaled as 1973 models.This serial system replaced the "RA" series that preceeded it and was the first major system to use numerals exclusively.The system consists of a seven-digit serial - beginning with #1000000 in 1963 - running up to the #4600000-#4800000 range by 1969, at which point, it was discontinued.
Please do not repost the serial charts below elsewhere.
This chart has been developed as an additional reference guide (more so then simply dating off Sturmey-Archer hubs) for the positive identification of Raleigh frames and entire bicycles. Given the number of bicycles produced at Raleigh during any given year versus the relatively small sample size of bikes available to me (200 individual examples at last count), I cannot guarentee absolute accuracy.
As proper factory documentation is very limited, the following charts are a constant work in progress; they have been compiled by examining numerous Raleigh frames from each period, component date codes, decal schemes, color availabilities per year; and - occasionally - official papers. Nevertheless, please put your mind at ease - these serial charts have been checked, re-checked, and are as accurate as I can provide at their time of publication.
By 1961/62, an additional-single letter suffix was added, presumably as an identifier of the factory the frame was produced, for every single example I've seen is represented by the letter "N," which is not unreasonable to assume stands for Nottingham.
Neither it is not out of the question that other letters may exist, representing Raleigh's other factories.