Here's one you don't see every day. And I need your thoughts as to a fair value.
It's an Eisentraut. It isn't a Model A, it isn't a Limited, and it isn't a Rainbow. Don't know the angles. The seat tube is 64cm ctc, top tube is 57cm ctc (yeah, it's that short), the wheelbase is 104cm, the seat stays are 44cm. And check out the unusual pump peg treatment.
A friend is the original owner and is looking to sell. I'm very interested, but I'm not sure what to offer. I do not want to low-ball my friend, and he does not want to overcharge me. Yes, I know how cool Eisentrauts are, although I would have liked it to have the uber-cool "Albert Eisentraut" downtube decals. In any event, I am at something of a loss to come up with a value that is fair to both sides.
My friend says he bought it new in 1974. The serial number says it was really 1975, Close enough for government work
No tubing decal, but I have read that Eisentraut would mix and match tubes from different sets to achieve desired results, so that is not a surprise. Nervex lugs, which does surprise me little, as every other Eisentraut I can remember seeing had much simpler lug designs.
This bike was riden a lot, but never raced. It was crashed twice many moons ago, and all indications are it is not any the worse for it. Paint is in good shape for its age, but it defenitely shows signs of wear. The purists will say it has a good patina.
It is a vertible time-capsule of the non-Campy state of the art circa 1975. IT has
-- First-gen Dura Ace crank and brakes (note the drop bolt on the rear brake).
-- SunTour Cyclone FD and RD (silver and black)
-- Rigida 27" rims
-- Hi-E hubs (and when was the last time you ran into those?)
-- 3ttt stem
-- Sakae bars (original 3ttt's bent in a crash)
-- DiaCompe brake levers (ditto), although I have a pair of First-gen Shimano DA levers I could put on.
-- Brooks Professional saddle, in used but excellent shape
-- SR Campy-copy seat post
-- Campy road pedals
-- Campy headset
-- SunTour barcons
So, folks, whatcha think?