1959 Viking Catalogue

This Catalogue (more correctly, Leaflet) carries the printer’s date of 1 November 1958, which makes it a 1959 catalogue in line with Viking’s policy of announcing the next year’s models at the Earls Court Cycle Show, London, England in the autumn.  The model line-up is:

  • Severn Valley – Road (Series “V”)
  • Twenty-Five – Road-Track
  • Pursuit – Road-Track
  • Mileater – Road – (Series “M”)
  • Ian Steel – Road – (Series “SD”)
  • Hosteller – Touring – (Series “H”)
  • All-Rounder – City/Touring – (not identified as Series “A”, but the model numbers begin with A)
  • plus children’s bikes including the revolutionary P.A.L.

By this time Viking seemed fairly consistently to have the series letter as a prefix to the frame number, using V also for the Twenty-Five and Pursuit as well as for the Severn Valley, and S for Ian Steel.  I have insufficient data to be able to say that this format was always followed.

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