Saturday, May 5, 2007
'51 Rudge De-Luxe Sports Tourist
Here is a photo of the '51 Rudge; one of many provided by the seller. It is in remarkably good condition, considering that it is nearly 60 years old; a couple of small dents in the fenders and the chaincase, and a small flat spot on the rear Raleigh-pattern rim. The paint color has faded to a rich chocolate brown, and all of the small decals intact.
A week after arranging for shipping, UPS delivered the carefully packaged bike to my door.
As I unpacked the box, I discovered that UPS had somehow managed to smash the rear fender, and the headlight beyond repair.