I think this is the wrong Merlin Cycles in the UK. The advertiser is a modern business, whereas the old family owned Merlin that was around until about the 70's was a builder of bespoke 531 frames, for at least 30 years.
As you say, no relation to the US company, and much smaller.
Amersham Bucks UK
> There is a Merlin Cycles Limited in Britain, adverts in Cycling Plus.
> No relation to the Litespeed/Merlin bicycle megacorp.
> Scott Goldsmith
> Milford, OH
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> Does the following ring any bells for anyone? Did Merlin ever make
> 531 bikes?