This is my first time on this forum. I'm kingfish254 on RatRodBikes and the CABE. I've been collecting, flipping, restoring, and building bikes for about 8 or 10 years now. I'm based in Savannah, GA.
The reason that I am here is that I got a call from a local salvage friend of mine and I now own this Raleigh Chopper. On the way home I had to stop, pull the bike out, and take advantage of this photo op. He found this under a stack of trash.
Someone told me this is a MK1. I haven't had a chance to check out the serial number or anything yet.
Any info and insight you can provide is greatly appreciated.
Welcome aboard. To my limited knowledge, it looks like an early 1970 because of the upturn cleat bracket that attaches the seat post tube to the two small crossbar tubes. The spoke guard looks wrong but I don't know if they were different on some US bikes. I would expect it to be chromed steel. May be the back wheel has been changed. Check the hub as it should have a year and month stamped on it i.e. 70. 2 which would be February 1970. There are experts on this site who will no doubt be able to give you a more comprehensive review. The tyres have been changed. Perhaps the pedals are US spec but others will know better. It's a start anyway.