DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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Should still have date code on the head badge, so you can know the year pretty easily. The best of the imported Paramounts were made in Japan by National/Panasonic, lower end models came from Taiwan and eventually China. I didn't think the Series Paramount Road bikes came out until 1991, I am definitely not sure (and catalogs are no guarantee, like my two 1987 Prologues (Prologue did not appear in the catalog until 1988). I've got a 1991 Series III, and a 1992 Series V, along with a 1986 Waterford.
To me, once a Series Paramount has been repainted, the value really drops. The cost of a quality repaint and rebadge will approach/exceed the value of the paint. And some of the paint schemes would be difficult/extremely costly to match, like my 1992 Series V. I don't see much value there, unless the components are really sweet (and IMHO, one of the biggest weaknesses of the Series Paramounts were the low end components used on many of them: my Series III came with RX100, and the Series V came with Shimano 105).
Last edited by wrk101; 04-21-11 at 05:42 PM.