Enter the Way-back machine and go to 1986, 1987 or 1988. It's a great time for production road bikes. Campagnolo, Suntour and Shimano had great components and Reynolds, Columbus, Tange and others were producing a wide range of high quality tubesets. Downtube shifters kepts cost moderate and bike shops carried multiple brands from around the world.
What production road bike would you buy and why? "Production" is defined as produced in annual quantities greater than 250 units and distribution of the product made local purchases in 10 major markets possible.