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Lotus Legend - year and value?

Old 05-19-15, 07:30 PM
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Lotus Legend - year and value?

serial number: MH 11619
Is it 1981?
All Shimano 600 Arabesque, except brake levers witch are Shimano SLR.
Araya Super Hard Anodized 700C rims.
Which parts do you think are not original?
What should be the value of the bike?
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Old 05-19-15, 08:15 PM
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Lotus Legend Bicycle

Not original: levers, wheelset, saddle, bar tape.

FMV as pictured, $175 +|- $25. More if overhauled and ready to ride.

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the headset alone is worth $80.

people would pay $100 just for the derailleurs and shifters.

i would overhaul it, remove the reflectors and chainguard, add a headset washer if needed, replace the pedals with better vintage ones, raise the seatpost, polish that front hub with mother's, and list it on craigs for at least $375.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
I think Marius wants to buy it? Looks like it needs new tires.

1981 LOTUS Legend, 12 speed men road bike, Shimano 600 Arabesque group
I think $300 is a fair price. Very nice bike. Yellow paint + chrome is sweet. Champion tubing. Lots of interesting components too.
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I don't think I'd have much problem getting 400-450 in my market with a good ad, but I don't know what Cleveland is like. The color, size and parts all work well for it.
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I think as is in a market like Cleveland $275-300 with a nicer saddle and pedals and new bar tape with a little clean up you could probably get another $75-100 probably not worth the extra effort unless you already have the parts and can do everything yourself. Cleveland just isn't the market to get top dollar for a bike like this.
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Any vintage steel bike in my midwest market struggles to get more than $300. People spending more than that on CL will want brifters. The Lotus name is not well known outside cycling circles. As beautiful as your Lotus is, if I were selling, $300 tops with a full refurb. The usual disclaimers: your mileage may vary, ask your doctor or pharmacist, etc.
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That's a nice looking bike. I've got an 84 Centurion with the exact same Champion tubing sticker on it. Ask for more but, I wouldn't take less than $300 for it.
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thanks for your replys.
I posted for sale for 300$.
I have some NOS W.Germany pedals, probably from that era. I will replace the tires too.
When I bought it, was with 700x35C tires on it.
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