Yes. I believe that’s true..mine was built in the original factory as far as I know..it wasn’t used much I dont think...I haven’t detected any issues with cracks in any part of the bike. It really is in remarkable condition for being 56 years old.I was really into English bikes many years ago and had a Moulton pass through. If I remember correctly, there were issues with the swing arms cracking and the seat tube at the stays cracking. There were two different factories they came out of and one of them had a reputation for shoddy work. I do remember that it is imperative to make certain the swing arm is well lubricated and free moving which greatly helps to keep it from cracking there.
Yeah ..I wasn’t looking to do anymore restorations either but they are rare to find where I live and the guy who had it wasn’t into bikes. The bike was in pretty good shape as it was so I figured I should give it some well deserved TLC, and now I’m glad I grabbed it.Yep, I am pretty sure the crack issues were mainly in high mileage, low maintenance bikes. I still have a soft spot for old English bikes, they are a joy to ride, I just lost interest in doing restorations . Now I'm wishing I had kept my Rudge though, that bike was so effortless to ride.