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230 L - 1962

Delivered in November 1962, to Messrs. Herman & Irmgard of Oakland Calfornia USA, this Flying Scot remains almost as it was on the day it was built. A fine example of perhaps the best of Rattray's made-to-order machines, where the customer worked with the company to specify almost every component

Virtually all of Rattray's frames equipped with centre-pull brakes used this style of bridge to provide the cable boss for the rear brake, which was produced in-house.

Note also in the above photograph, the placement of the '531' transfer, at the rear of the seat tube. This was a common location on many machines, and not only Scot's, but where the trend came from, who knows ?.




The 'Lucifer' dynamo is attached via a braze-on bracket to the left hand fork leg, supplying power to the front and rear Lucifer lamps.

Classic bar-end gear changers, and M.A.F.A.C. tandem brakes, attached perhaps unusually for a British machine, to braze-on pivots on the fork legs.

The fitment of a Huret 1200 'Allvit' rear derailleur, Campagnolo 'Record' front, and Stronglight cranks was arrived at through what was then available, and also what actually worked. Although 'TA' cranks had been specified, none were available in the triple-ring arrangement required, so alloy Stronglight cranks were fitted instead. The customer also specified 'French' pattern dual-cable Cyclo gears however when supplied, along with a modified front changer, the cable pull was so extended, that the cable pulled out the derailleur. Even the ubiqutous Cyclo Benelux changer struggled with the requirement for a 5-speed 13-28 freewheel, married to 40-50-60 triple chainwheels. The combination of Huret rear derailleur and Campagnolo front was found to work best.

Rattray's produced the front and rear tubular racks in-house, which in this case were specially made to accomodate the M.A.F.A.C. brakes and the fitting of the front and rear lamps.

Big Gears : 40-50-60 teeth !

Made-to-Measure and individual specification, didn't come cheap. This machine cost over £ 64, far in excess of an off-the-peg Flying Scot Continental Supreme that came in at £ 33. Added to this of course was £8 for packing and shipping, making a total of £ 72. How this was arrived at can be seen from the original invoice documents seen below.

Photographs etc. courtesy of Mike Fennelly

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