Iconic Raleigh Chopper bike found in Stratford-upon-Avon shed sells for hundreds
A rusty old Raleigh Chopper has been auctioned off for hundreds of pounds. The iconic bike had spent 35 years in a shed in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The owner of the 1970s bike nearly threw it in a dumpster during a cleanup. And on Saturday (April 2) it sold for more than six times its estimated value of £100, WalesOnline reports.
Despite being covered in rust and having two flat tyres, the three-speed bike sold for £692 when it went under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers. The 50-year-old salesman said he was in his father’s shed rusting away.
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“I didn’t realize it was there, just slowly rusting away. It was mine in the late 1970s and early 80s, when I was 9 or 10,” a- he added.
“It’s got the stock shifter – not the latest T-bar from those pesky security people. It was great for wheelies and potholes. I remember seeing the chopper advertised in Look- In, a children’s magazine at the time.
“The ad featured a bike with a T-bar shifter, but this one has a single-lever shifter. My dad came home with the Chopper. He bought it used at a type.
Auctioneer Charles Hanson said: “It was an outstanding result for an iconic bike. Due to its rusty condition, it was destined for the dumpster.
“However, it has now been saved for posterity. I hope its new owner will enjoy restoring it to its former glory.
Raleigh Choppers are collectables and in 2020 an MK2 model that had never been ridden sold for £1,250. Bikes became a symbol of the 70s and 80s costing around £34 back then for a new one – the equivalent of £361 today.