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Vintage Bianchi

Old 01-12-17, 07:28 PM
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Vintage Bianchi Specialissima

Any idea on age and value?

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Old 01-12-17, 11:09 PM
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The bike has been modified and repainted, the headclip style headset and the style of rear dropouts do not match to what I would expect. Need a closeup image or two of the dropouts. Might have been replaced, especially if they were for the Cambio Corsa shifters originally. The waterbottle braze ons are out of place.
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Old 01-13-17, 05:33 AM
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The are the only other pictures I have




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I'd place it very early 1960s and definitely high end. As noted, the water bottle bosses are a later addition and the headset style is incorrect. I'd expect chrome under the paint on the head lugs, fork crown, stays ends and blade ends but don't see any signs of it. Perhaps the chrome was very bad and stripped prior to the repaint.
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The geometry, oil port behind the head tube, the headset style and stem... Lead me to think the dropouts have been replaced. I might well be wrong, but this would color my valuation. I would place chances of a replacement fork slim. If I was interested still, I would reference pre and immediately post war Bianchi bike images looking for similar features, and ignoring the dropouts and water bottle braze ons.

If I found a "sister" bike with the earlier toothed dropouts I would not be surprised. The geometry and headset, stem, condition of the plating just bring to mind the immediate post WWII period, maybe just before.
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