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Old 05-10-21, 06:36 AM
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I went back through my old issues of Bicycling. The 1st Viscount advertisement appears in January 1975 (see below). It looks familiar, doesn't it? Then in March 1975, Bicycling did a road test and the cover banner mention's Yamaha (see 2nd photo below).

Yamaha had invested heavily in Trusty Manufacturing, the British company who had taken over manufacturing of the bicycle when Lambert went bankrupt. They would eventually take control, but it's my understanding that at this time were just a partner and distributor. Regardless, here is evidence of Yamaha's involvement as early as the 1975 model year. The photo shoot for the ad campaign would have taken place sometime in late 1974., for the 1975 model year. Given that teh catalogue photos are from the same photo shoot, the catalogue should be 1975 model year.

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