[CR] Re: What Maker (Possible Carlton International)

Example: Framebuilders:Brian Baylis

Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 08:12:56 +0000 (GMT)
From: Michael Butler <pariscycles@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: [CR] Re: What Maker (Possible Carlton International)
To: editor@hetchins.org
cc: CR Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>

Hello Flash, Said I would get back regarding Carlton frame numbers to see if it is in fact a Carlton you have: This should tell you one way or the other: Early frame numbers were prefixed with a letter. They were stamped on the left side rear dropout. A 1939 F 1957-58 L 1963 B 1940-48 G 1959 M 1964 C 1948-52 H 1960 S 1965 D 1953-54 J 1961 T 1966 E 1955-56 K 1962 Y 1967 Later 1968 - 1972 two numbering systems were employed. Most models had simple numbers, up to seven digits, frequently with leading zeros, stamped on the left dropout or under the BB shell. Some models such as the the Professional and Giro d'Italia have letters and numbers.
>From 1973 the numbers took the the form WP------- where:

W = Worksop (Carlton)

P = month of manufacture

A = January G = May M = September B = February H = June N = October D = March K = July P = November E = April L = August S = December

The first number after the two letters is the year number code ; 3 for 1973, 4 for 1974, 5 for 1975, and so on.

Hope this will be of some use and definitely confirm its a Carlton International, please let me know as I reply to most queries and seldom get any feedback, its great to know if you are a complete tosser and get it hopelessly wrong or you sometimes get it right. Cheers Mick.

Thats all for now. Keep those wheels spinning, in your memories if not still on the road. Be lucky Mick Butler Huntingdon UK.