1972 Raleigh Professional MK IV DL180 “Fast Back”

Beautiful lugs, beautiful color.


You are bidding on a “hard-to-find” medium size, 1972 Raleigh Professional MK IV “Fast Back” – (Serial number # G1593) with Campagnolo components throughout, including a vintage-correct Campagnolo Record Triple Crankset. This auction also includes a vintage Raleigh “mag-turbo trainer” w/Eddy Merckx Current System and some quality replacement decals I had acquired.

Payment by PayPal only…

Seat-tube: 21.5” center of crank to top of seat tube (54.6cm). Top-tube: 21.5” center of head tube to center of seattube (54.6cm). Weight: Approximately 22lbs.

I bought this bike 15 years ago with plans to restore it. I rode it a few times during the first two months and it’s been hanging in my garage under a cover for over thirteen years. This is not a show bike, but it looks and rides really nice for a “43-YEAR-OLD-CLASSIC” road bike… and will look even nicer when it’s really cleaned up. (The bike will need new sew-ups, the derailleurs/brakes adjusted before riding, and lubrication.)

Color: Mink Blue & silver livery. Grey head-tube and bands on the seat-tube with Gold/brown pinstripe lettering, thin “Raleigh” script on the down tube, “Professional” on top tube. Carlton “belt” decal on seat tube and at top of each fork blade. Campagnolo decal on down tube above shift levers. Raleigh – “Made In Nottingham” head badge.

It has the highly sought after Brampton-Victor “Fastback” seat post lug, allen head seat post bolt. Distinctive semi-fancy “Haden Birds Mouth” lugs with triangular cutout on the seat post lug and both toptube lugs. Frame material is Reynolds 531 double butted tubing and forks. Chrome on half rear stays, half on fork blades/tips and fork crown. Cinelli sloping fork crown. Rapid taper chainstays, dimpled at BB (both sides on right stay, inside of left stay). Campy dropouts with eyelets on front and rear.

Campagnolo Throughout:

Campagnolo Triple Crankset (56,42 and 36 chainrings). Campagnolo Strada 170 crank arms. Campagnolo Record BB. Campagnolo NR front and rear derailleurs (rear: Patent–72). Campagnolo NR shifters. Campagnolo/Patent shifter covers. Campagnolo Superleggero pedals “1037 ” stamped pedal bodies with toe strap loops. Campagnolo 27.2 seat post (two-bolt/two-pin clamp). Campagnolo Record brake calipers with black Campy brake pads. Mint Campagnolo NR brake levers. Campagnolo “Globe logo” gum brake hoods. Campagnolo Record 36-hole, large flange hubs with QR skewers. Campagnolo top tube clamps. Campagnolo Record headset with stamped on bottom ring. Campagnolo “Globe logo” bar plugs (Blue Velox plugs split when packing for shipping). Brooks Professional leather saddle with small rivets. Frame with 126mm rear spacing. Six-speed freewheel (13,15, 17, 19, 21, 24), brand not visible. Rigid 700c sew-up rims. TTT Record cast alloy stem, recessed allen head on expander bolt and recessed flat round head and hex nut on clamp. GB “Map of England” engraved bars, 40cm c-c. Chain brand not visible. 700x25C sew-up tires (dried out and need to be replaced).


Again, this is not a pristine show bike. It is a 43-year-old bike that is in very nice condition, but does show some signs of use/wear. There is no major rust or major dents/damage on the frame. The chrome is shinny, but does have some light haze here and there, the paint does have some nicks, scratches and touch ups. Some of the decals are worn, but the bike comes with some high quality replacement decals that I had acquired for restoration. (I misplaced my replacement Reynolds decal, but the BUYER CAN PURCHASE A VINTAGE CORRECT REPLACEMENT “REYNOLDS 531” DECAL THROUGH “H. LLOYD CYCLES” (UK)



One thought on “1972 Raleigh Professional MK IV DL180 “Fast Back”

  1. I am currently selling a ’74 pristine Pro on e bay for $2,500. I have owned a total of five pros in my lifetime. These are fantastic bikes and from an era gone by…these bikes rode better that Paramounts, DeRosa’s and the like. I have seen these go for $4,000 in Ca. and one in Dallas for $3,200. I have had no bites on mine so far. If you know of anyone interested (price is negotiable) please have them contact me.
    Thank you,
    Bob G.
    Greensboro NC


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