Re: [CR]Dating a Raleigh RRA


From: "P.C. Kohler" <kohl57@starpower.net>
To: "neil foddering" <neilfoddering@hotmail.com>, <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
References: <BAY141-F4054F99BE7FC572C37D574BFF50@phx.gbl>
Subject: Re: [CR]Dating a Raleigh RRA
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2007 19:56:56 -0400


The RRA always seemed VERY expensive to me. The 1957-58 RRA Moderne seemed especially so compared to other machines, costing just shy of 40 quid. Then again, I nominate mine as one of the nicest riding, most delightful handling bicycles I own. Indeed a few other owners of this model have said the same thing. But lasting two years, I guess the market spoke.

British purchase tax on cycles was astonishingly high.. in think. c. 1946-49 under Atlee it was something like 33 per cent (!) on complete machines to encourage export sales rather than domestic ones. That sure would do the trick!

Peter Kohler
Washington DC USA