Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Bikes: 1972 Bottecchia Pro, 1982 Colnago Super, 1987 Bottecchia Team, 1995 Bianchi Campione d'Italia
I would say that if it's not bent or rusted out, it's worth a repaint and build. I have a 1987 Bottecchia Team which is similar to that one but all original and it's a sweet ride. I'd bet yours is newer than 1987 because it has the internal rear brake cable routing. Mine is Columbus SLX but yours appears to have the decal normally used for Columbus SL. The Campagnolo dropouts indicate it's a high-end frame. Most high-end Bottecchia frames are chromed all over and the paint is over the chrome, which inhibits rust but keeps the paint from sticking very well. The chrome that is painted over is not polished, so simply stripping the paint and leaving it bare isn't a good option. The decals are vinyl over the paint (not clear coated) and good replicas are available on ebay from a seller in Australia for about $45. If you need to remove the head badge for painting, go in from the inside of the headtube and bump the rivets out. Use the same rivets to reinstall it later.