Raleigh Chopper Mark One – restored- £2995

motodrome are pleased to offer this restored to as-new condition Raleigh Chopper Mark One

Raleigh Chopper Mark One - restored, for sale at motodrome


It’s debatable who came up with the original design for the Chopper – both Tom Karen of Ogle Design and Alan Oakley of Raleigh both lay claim to it. Whoever was responsible, they created a British design icon of the early 1970’s.

The Mark 1 was only produced 1969-71 before safety concerns (they’re remarkably easy to wheelie) started to bite and the Mark 2 was introduced, and these days they’re in high demand. Every boy in the early 1970’s wanted one – I know I did.

This one, finished in Brilliant Orange, has recently been restored by a Chopper specialist to as-new standard, and is completely correct as far as I can tell. Possibly better than new in that the frame has been powder-coated, and the rear wheel fitted with stainless steel spokes.

Other work carried out to bring it to the standard shown includes

  • Completely serviced Sturmey-Archer 3-speed rear hub, with new bearings
  • Reproduction front and rear mudguards
  • Reproduction seat cover
  • Front hub greased
  • Gear shifter serviced
  • New front and rear tyres
  • Seat has had new foam, seat frame repaired and repainted, brand new seat rivet fitted
  • All new decals fitted
  • Kick stand polished and greased
  • New head and crank bearings fitted and greased
  • Correct Mark 1 pedals fitted
  • New chain fitted

She rides superbly, and if you want to be instantly transported back to the days of flared trousers, bad haircuts and the 3 day week, this is the time machine to do it on.

Or, instead of riding it,  just display it in a man cave, or even your lounge – some people do!


Based Henley-on-Thames – viewing by prior appointment.