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Stephens Special - 1947

Owned by: Bryan Clarke

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Frame
Stephens ‘Special’, 23” seat tube, 23” top tube; Reynolds 531 DB tubing, pencil stays  41½” wheelbase, 74 deg/ 71 deg angles, frame number 1198 built by Stephen Eddie Mitchell in 1947 and sold as a frame to a Mr Titchner on 29th October.
Wheels
26” x 1¼” Dunlop Light Alloy HP rims on Airlite Continental front and Sturmey Archer rear 
Chainset Williams C34 with 46-tooth Nicklin ring
Pedals Chater Lea Sprinter with Sportsman adjustable toe clips
Gears Sturmey Archer FM
Brakes Burlite front and rear
Stem/Bars Reynolds alloy TT bars on GB girder stem
Saddle Lycett L’Avenir
Extra details Ad Hoc Tourisme pump

Eddie Mitchell started making cycles as E Stephens at 28 Newington Green Road, Islington in the 1920's and moved to Chase Side, Southgate, North London in 1938. He designed his own lugs (stamped E Stephens - see image below), reinforced fork crown, quick release mudguard eyes and detachable lamp bracket. His frames fell out of favour after WWII, the last one recorded being built in 1955. A full account written by Roger Bugg can be found in the V-CC Boneshaker No.169 Autumn 2005. I am grateful to Nigel Land the VCC marque enthusiast for supplying me with information about the frame and a set of original transfers.

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Down tube transfer