I stumbled onto a vintage italian basso on CL this past saturday. When I called, the guy on the other end told me he knew nothing about bikes but was selling for his uncle. He didn't know what size it was but his uncle was 5"8ish, which is my height. Four people had called before me but first come first served. The location was about 40 mins away and I was unsure whether or not to pursue since the purchase or fit wasn't guaranteed.
Feeling adventurous, I made the the drive out to the distant suburb. Arriving at his storage unit, I luckily was the first to show up. I waited in anticipation as he opened the gate. As the bike appeared through the dark garage, I could not believe my eyes. There sitting covered in dust was a pristine Basso with gorgeous chrome lugs from the 80's. Upon further inspection, I realized it was outfitted with a full Campy super record groupset, a NOS Turbo saddle and a Silca framepump. I quickly grabbed my $350 cash and handed to the seller and drove home with a big smile on my face.
I put some air in the tubulars and some lube on the chain and the Basso rides like a dream. So the question I have is, how much do you think this is worth?