My dad bought a Travelite folder offered via his Gulf Oil credit card. It has sat in a box since 1970. I'd like to know more about it but don't find anything online. The tube says "Siour Brevettato," and it has Pirelli 20 x 1.75 tires, a Sachs ET 28 0 hub, and and Export seat. Original price was $59.95 + $6.06 s&H, or six payments of $9.99. What might it be worth today, in nearly mint condition? Has anyone ever seen one?
It's a pretty standard U-Bike from that time period. They were made made by a few manufacturers and were often re-badged as with this Gulf model.
While I personally wouldn't buy it, I'm sure you can get a couple hundred from someone that is into vintage folders, especially since it's in mint condition. Honestly though... these types of bikes aren't rare, sorry to say.
It's a great looking bike, made in Italy as well, most of the 1970's U-tube folder were made in Eastern Europe and came with quality and weight penalties. You can still buy much the same bike today, i see dozens of single speed ones in milan every day. If you dont want to keep it, i'm sure you will have no trouble selling it.
Thanks for the info. I took it to the Ann Arbor MI Classic Bike show today, and it went for $90 in the auction. I was worried because the show was mostly classic bikes, skinny tire racers, banana seat Schwinns and the like, very few folders. A very enjoyable show all around. One guy had a 1952 Schwinn Phantom still in the box- it was won in a Duncan Yo Yo contest and never opened.