Its simply not possible - Worksop W series numbers commenced after they reorganised Worksop in the autumn of 1974. The last year was 1989 - as the Raleigh Special Products began its own numbering system in 1990. These commence with a single letter and 1990 was A. However there are a few SB numbered frames which allegedly were built in 1990/1 SB9726 was supposedly built for the Raleigh Castorama team in 1991. Certainly the SB group kept using using their own number system in 1989. I am going to talk to somebody who worked there at the time in the near future and see whether he can shed further light.
Hilary Stone, Bristol, British Isles
donald gillies wrote:
> If someone has a photo of a Wx3nnnnnn frameset that is a 1973 frameset
> (i.e. it should have long dropouts in the back, and/or 1973 lugs), I'd
> really love to see it because I've seen 100+ 1973 raleigh frames and
> they all begin with the 'H' or 'A' prefix for the serial number.
> A Wx0nnnnnn frame would be 1980.
> Can someone pinpoint the last year that the WxNNNNN numbering scheme
> was used? I think the first year was 1974, but what was the LAST year?
> - Don Gillies
> San Diego, CA, USA