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1970s Carlton Corsa – SOLD

19 Jul

A beautiful 1970s Carlton Corsa for sale. £200

10 speed Shimano group set with nice drilled chain rings

Fancy lug work and classic steel construction (Tru-well)

Medium frame

Chromed forks, pedals and wheels provide a touch of class

Totally original hand made British classic from the Carlton frame builders in Worksop
Ready to ride!
Some Carlton history:
Carlton Cycles were formed in 1898 in the village of Carlton-in-Lindrick in Nottinghamshire UK by Fred Hanstock. For a while the company concentrated mainly on car and motor-cycle repairs which were more profitable. In 1934 the company moved to nearby Worksop and gradually started to manufacture more cycles. In 1936 they were producing a range of machines including: ‘The Flyer’; ‘Massed Start’; ‘Massed Start Special’; ‘Super Python’; ‘Continental’ and ‘Silver Clubman’ which they started to sell through a network of dealers around the UK. In 1939 the company was taken over by the O’Donovan family just before the outbreak of WWII. Sales would have dropped at this time but Carlton Cycles were able to work at servicing existing cycles and no doubt had to diversify into war-work, as did all the other cycle builders in the UK. When the war finished in 1945 there was a great boom in the sale of lightweight machines as thousands of military personel returned to ‘civvie street’ and eagerly took up the sport again – this trend carried on into the early 50s. In 1958 Gerald O’Donovan left the RAF and joined the company where he became an influential figure but by then the boom was receding and in 1960 the company was taken over by Raleigh Cycles – the largest mass-produced manufacturer of cycles in the UK, who wanted to be able to offer high quality hand-made machines to their more discerning customers. Soon after this they transferred the manufacture of their Sun Cycles to the Worksop site. In 1974 Gerald O’Donovan set up the Specialist Bicycle Development Unit for Raleigh at Ilkeston, Derbyshire. From 1967 onwards there were several racing teams sponsored under various names by both Carlton and Raleigh and Gerald O’Donovan was at the forefront of the design and manufacture of the cycles they used. The last Carlton Cycles were produced at Worksop in 1981 when the factory finally closed its doors.

1960s Elswick Ladies Town Bike – Sold

5 Oct


For sale, a 1960s Elswick Ladies town bike. Handmade in England.

The Elswick Cycle Company was located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, a company so long in tradition it can be dated back to the 1800’s

Restored by the Vintage Cycle Company; this ladies town bike has 26” wheels with knobbly road tyres ready for all riding conditions. Original mud guards are maintained for wet weather cycling and a brand new wicker basket provide ample room for shopping and running errands.

The cycle is in its original condition and specification with a classic 3 speed Sturmey Archer internal gear hub.

The cycle has been serviced to our usual high standard, so the groupset is tight, the wheels are true and strong, the chain is lubricated and the various bearings and hubs have been cleaned and oiled. New brake cables and inner tubes have been fitted.

An absolute pleasure to ride – incredibly classy with a bright blue colour scheme.

Second hand condition – spots of surface rust here and there.




Collection in person from Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Alternatively, a courier can be arranged within the UK for an additional £21. (Arrives complete, so no reassembly required)

If you are based outside the UK, please contact us for further details/arrangements.


Cash, cheque, paypal or bank transfer.


Viewing can be arranged first if required.

Please email with any questions at all, we’ll be happy to help.