I have been in the mode lately where I grab any good frame in my size. It seems like the most logical way to spend my C&V energy when I don't have time to wrench.
About the beginning of this lifestyle, I ended up with an interesting Motobecane frame. I think I remember the owner saying it was a team champion but that means very little because I know I can't rely on my own memory regarding these things.
Anyway, so the frame has Huret dropouts, brazed on brake cable guides, windowed lugs, 531 tubes (full) and came with brand panto'd headset and very fancy aluminum cup stronglight bottom bracket. 'Best guesses have the metalwork dated around 1978-1979. The paint is original. The red fork color also seems to be original as are the transfers. This would also be the last year of 531 on better bikes and external lugs on lower bikes.
The graphics are original and usually found on later models (1984) and frames destined for US were equipped with Campagnolo dropouts.
The chain stays are not freaky short but it is not a Grand Record (though it is the exact color of my 1970 Grand Record). It weighs the same as an '83 PZ-10 in the same size. It has some remnants of other transfers, not typical on a production bike that I can't make out.
I am sorry the photos aren't better. I need to make a photo booth. It would be great to trace the serial numbers or find the exact model though i know serial numbers are often useless.
Thanks for looking.
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