I was minding my own business rebuilding a couple of old Raleighs, when my buddy calls and says, "Come over and look at this old bicycle I picked up." Usually his finds turn out to be some mangy thing he found while collecting stuff for his garage sales. This time however it was a pale gold Motobecane Grand Touring, in very nice condition. Weinmann brakes and rims, Suntour derailleurs, new Nimbus tires. He paid the princely sum of $5.00 for it. I offered him $10, and became owner of something I know absolutely nothing about.
There isn't a wealth of info on Motobecanes on the web, but according to what I did find, I'm guessing it's late '70s or early '80s. I'm not planning on reselling it -- it's too much fun to ride, but I am curious what the going price is for something like this, and exactly what sort of deal I'll have to make with the devil to find parts for it.