Monty Dog wrote:
I can't help in terms of the maker, but suggest that it's probably from the late 1970's judging by the frame and components. I don't believe it's a high-spec model due to the pressed lugs.
I disagree... there is no mech hanger, which suggests it's a frame of the 1950s. Also, cottered single chainsets had long disappeard on road bikes by then. Brakes and stuff are a later addition. There is only one cable guide for the gears, which again, points to 1950s
It could well be a Claud Butler, which has been badly neglected and terribly repainted. If the guy wants to spend some money on it, it could come out a very nice restoration for rides like "l'Eroica", "L'Anjou velo vintage" or the "Retroronde". Rust is probably only superficial, worth having a go with sandpaper to check how deep it is... in the presence of deep corrosion, it's not worth bothering.