Raleigh Lenton Grand prix 1957


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In production longer (1948-1960) than any of the other Raleigh “club” bikes and indelibly associated with Reg Harris, Britain’s greatest cycle champion of the era and Raleigh spokesman, the Lenton series was indeed “the undoubted thoroughbred of its class” as the best selling entry level club/sports machine of the immediate post-war era. The Lenton was at home on country lanes as it was on city streets, as popular abroad as it was at home. A teenage John Lennon cycled the streets of his native Liverpool on his Lenton and Katherine Hepburn rode one around Shepperton Studios during the production of The African Queen.  But the Lenton is best remembered and cherished for introducing a generation to sports cycling during the immediate post-war years. The Record Ace may have been more coveted and the Clubman and later Super Lenton better outfitted, but the Lenton Sports was the most successful popularly priced lightweight British bicycle of a Golden Era.