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Old 05-23-17, 08:26 PM
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Continental???

Trying to help a friend identify what he's got... Sorry the pictures aren't better but it's in an unlit old loft of a downtown building and this is the best I could do...for now. I'll go back with some better flashlights and see if I can't get some good pictures. It seems an odd and interesting configuration of parts. The name on the frame and headbadge is CONTINENTAL. Has some stickers on it that appear to be Italian. It has upright handlebars. Cool chrome lugs on the front end. Thoughts on value are appreciated, but mainly just trying to figure out what it is...age...etc. Thoughts??
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Old 05-24-17, 09:45 AM
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From the looks of the cottered & stamped crank set that's an old bike. Maybe built between 1965 - 1970. Also looks like alloy wheels. Have no idea what it's worth. But, it's pretty. If it's in good working condition you might get $150.
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Looks to be nicer Italian commuter from the late 60's. If everything is basically in good working order I would say $175-200 and $250 on the high end if the lights work and the fenders are ding free.
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I've seen those same lugs on some Torpado's from the late 60's. There were numerous Italian makers that probably used them. Looks to be a nice touring bike in good shape. I'd agree on the $175-$250 range.
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It has a what appears to be a stamped dropout with an integral hanger, so it might be slightly newer than the estimates. Regardless, these were typically found on mid-range and higher frames. It would be interesting to know the seat post diameter in an attempt to determine the tubeset, which would be a big factor in the value. Also, the serial number may help us determine the manufacturer.
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Thanks for the guidance. I am going to get back down to see the bike again soon (it's about 75 miles from where I live) and get some better pictures and some more data on the bike. Thanks again for the help!!
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Old 05-25-17, 03:23 PM
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Thanks for posting this most interesting find!

Will look forward to additional imagery.

Constructed with Agrati "BRIANZA" lugset. Frame ends likely Agrati as well - they did a dropout which looks identical to Campag Sport, save that it is unmarked. Has the small hole for the spring of a Sport model rear mech.

Rear mech and shift levers not original. Front mech original. Appears to have been originally sold by a shop in Piacenza. One might suspect a nearby manufacturer...

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