Carlton Cycles c72/73 - catalogue scans

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Mores catalogue images, this time from around 75/76

The Carlton cycles illustrated here show the revamped graphics, which were 'waterslide' decal type which easily rubbed off from the cross bar. The Continental, Corsa and Criterium all suffered from name loss! The 'Ten', 'Cobra', 'Kermesse' and 'Equipe' models all retained a mixture of graphics as from previous catalogue. The next change with regard to graphics came in about 1977 - when much simpler, bolder and plainer rounded block lettering was used. 

By then the specialist frame building was relocated to the SBDU at Ilkston where handbuilt cycles were to be made, but the range as a whole was more Raleigh than true Carlton - some gems were still made but the Carlton name eventually was seen as diluting the Raleigh brand. By the late 1970s or early 80s even the classic rider on a bike headbadge was now no more than a foil sticker. 

A company which for most of its existence under Raleigh had enjoyed pretty much a great degree of autonomy was slowly dying due to a mixture of of downturns in the market and poor support from Raleigh, Im sure some would disagree.

Cover from a 75/76 catalogue - with more inappropriate cycle wear!

The beautiful Continental, now in Polychromatic mauve with chrome fork ends

An elegant Carlton Corsa

The 'Ten' and the all chrome Cobra with Simplex Prestige rear derailleur

The well equipped Criterium