RARE Vintage 1962 Western Flyer 3 spd (Raleigh) England

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  • Item Category: Transportation and Vehicles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 12, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

VERY RARE Circa 1962 Vintage Western Flyer Mens 21 inch frame 3 speed bicycle. Made in England by Raleigh Industries for the Western Auto Company, USA. TOTALLY ORIGINAL CONDITION with the exception of the tire tubes which have been changed so the tires will hold air. Features the classic Sturmey Archer 3 speed shifter and internal geared rear hub with coaster brake stamped "62 7". Original "Miller" generator powered headlight and tail-light which both still lighted when the bicycle was last driven recently. Original "Bates Dunlop Lightweight" tyres made in England. Original Wrights of England seat and matching saddle bag which has some minor rust on it. Original John Bull front brake pads. Original "Shuresta" of England adjustable kickstand. It has the rare oil fill cap on the bottom bracket of the frame, this was discontinued after 1962. Most of the chrome, with the exception of the wheels, is in excellent-plus condition, especially the handlebars. The wheels have some rust pitting in a few places. The wheels roll relatively straight. The fender chrome has some minor pitting but overall is in great shape and still shines. The chainguard has some minor surface rust. The frame paint has the usual minor chips and scrapes, typical and normal for a bicycle this age. Overall, the bicycle is in excellent-plus condition and exceptional "original" condition considering it`s a 49 year old antique. The bicycle "is" driveable and runs/shifts very good. SEE MORE PHOTOS:
FYI......I collect, refurbish, restore, and sell: specifically "old 3 speed bicycles" as a labor of love and for well-needed extra income as I struggle to survive in this awful economy. I specialize in the "Made in England" 3 speed bicycles (such as the Raleigh and related family of bicycles) with the reliable Sturmey Archer internal geared rear hubs. They are very reliable, last forever, and have made a big retro-comeback. Since these bicycles were no longer imported to the US from England after the early 1980s, these bicycles have become more valuable and sought after by collectors or just people who want a good reliable long lasting bicycle. Besides reliability, they require less maintenance and experience less problems than the common "derailler" shifting bicycles which are more prone to having the "chain fall off", something that`s never an issue with the internal geared rear hubs. SHIPPING: to the main US 48 states is $75.00 for UPS or FedEx ground services. Depending on where you`re located in the US, the item usually takes about 3-5 business days to arrive from the day that the package leaves my shipping store. NO INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING. Local pick-up welcomed, come see beautiful Cape Cod. NOTE: after sale and PayPal payment, it usually takes 3 or 4 business days for the payment to transfer to my checking account so I can access the funds for the shipping cost. Also during this time, it`s about the same 3-4 days time frame for the bicycle to be professionally packed for shipping. Some re-assembling will be required when you receive the bicycle, such as re-installing the front wheel, handlebars, pedals, re-inflating the tires and re-adjusting the bicycle etc.