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    1980 Lotus Excelle-from the scrap heap

    This one was an add-in from a CL ad in Raleigh. The target bike was a $50.00 spray bombed one that turned out to be a Centurion of some type. This one was laying with the trash cans and I asked. Turned into 2 bikes for $50.00.

    As found, after some Simple Green, a brush, and some water.


    And after complete disassembly, elbow grease, Phil's grease, carnuba wax, and new wear parts:







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    Senior Member 3speedslow's Avatar
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    Nice ! Some people just don't see these bikes for the gems they are. Are the DR's 600 as well ? Double bonus if it's your size.
    " Gonna ride till I can't ride no more "

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    FD is 600 Arabesque. RD is a later replacement. I that and the seat/seat post are the only non-original parts.

    It is my size, however it is going to a friend. Got to thin the herd a bit....

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    That's an early version (if not THE FIRST version), of Lotus' most popular model.

    What makes that bike early (1980?) is the exposed rear brake cable on the top tube (among other details). I've seen many, many, many Excelles, but only a handful of the very early models.

    Nice find and a good save.
    Always searching for Lotus literature and memorabilia for use at www.VintageLOTUSbicycles.com, can you help?

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    Idiot Pro Tempo RobbieTunes's Avatar
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    Very nice catch! Quite a wide freewheel, it looks like.

    Robbie ♪♫♪...☻

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