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Info/value please on my latest/greatest find - 1973/74 maserati mt3 road bike!

Old 06-14-17, 03:18 PM
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Info/value please on my latest/greatest find - 1973/74 maserati mt3 road bike!

FINALLY!! I've drooled over this 1973/1974 ( the Campagnolo rear derailleur has Patent 1973 on it's top - see photo) Maserati MT3 at a friend's bike shop for a while. He told me it was a customer's, but that they'd left it for almost a year - and he'd ask them if he could sell it to me. This afternoon he called me & told me he was giving his shop to his kid & taking time off, and he'd called the customer who didn't care about the bike (after he heard the storage fees for a year's storage!) - and my friend asked me if I wanted to buy it for $300? I had him deliver it to me at work an hour later!

I'd read the few forum posts about Maserati bikes & all of them said it was just a name with average to low end components - but mine is tricked out to the gills! Some of the highlights are:
Rinforzi Columbus Frame
Campagnolo Nuovo Record Derailleurs
Universal 68 Brakes

Is this normal or did previous owner build it to his taste? Is it as rare as I thought it was?
Finally - what is it worth? (my friend is coming over this week-end & help me clean it up)
Thanks in advance for any info guys - I will post more photos after she's clean & ready to ride (and I will definitely ride her for a few weeks before I list her for sale!)

[IMG]AA BICYCLE MASERATI 1A_AA by miamibeachcg, on Flickr[/IMG]


AA BICYCLE MASERATI 1AA by miamibeachcg, on Flickr

AA BICYCLE MASERATI 2AA by miamibeachcg, on Flickr

AA BICYCLE MASERATI 2AAC by miamibeachcg, on Flickr

AA BICYCLE MASERATI 2AAD by miamibeachcg, on Flickr

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Old 06-14-17, 03:34 PM
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Here are a few more photos I just took

[IMG]AA BICYCLE MASERATI 5AA by miamibeachcg, on Flickr[/IMG]

AA BICYCLE MASERATI 5AABB by miamibeachcg, on Flickr

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Old 06-14-17, 04:23 PM
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Interesting. I am not sure but I don't think this is the same Maserati as the cars.
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Old 06-14-17, 04:53 PM
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They allowed their name to be used but didn't have anything to actually do with the bike. Speaking of interesting - supposedly there was a 5 page spread on the bike in the 1974 Road & Track, Motor Trend or one of those
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It's really not especially rare nor especially valuable. They were contract built, pretty blahhhh quality throughout the lineup. Probably a deal with Atala or the like...looks very generic. Maserati had a few models, including a higher end one. Most parts are pretty rough...unless dirt cheap, I'd pass.
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Old 06-14-17, 06:25 PM
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In 1974 Tecno Tubo Torino launched the second generation of the Record model stem. It lacks the prominent oval recesses in the sides. Makes me think bicycle more likely a '73 than a '74.

The forum has had a number of threads discussing examples of this marque but I cannot recall anyone ever stating just who was il perpetratore vero.

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Old 06-14-17, 07:22 PM
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RE: Rinforzi Columbus Frame - Rinforzi is not the type/model of tubing. Just means Columbus reinforced tubing so could be anything.

OP, If you like the bike and it fits - just ride it. You probably overpaid but you are not the first and not the last person to do so. I overpaid for many bikes and parts, just had to have it.
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You did just fine...

Looking at the parts, you have at least what you paid for the whole bike just in part of the parts, should you choose to part it out. I don't think your frame is low-end but I'd verify it really is Columbus before selling.
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I found and built up a Maserati, a few years ago. I believe it was the MT-7 model...



I think you paid a fair price for a nice bicycle. You can find a bit of information, regarding the Maserati line-up in this catalog. Hope that is a help and this is one of the pic in the catalog...

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Your MT-3 seems to be a '73. The top three 1974 MT's had scalloped or concave seat stay end finishes where they attached to the seat cluster. See this example found at 1974 Maserati MT-3 Campagnolo Wire Wheels 10 speed manual transmission Roadster - Classic Maserati MT-3 1974 for sale



Depending on the year, (and they were only commissioned by Maserati (the car manufacturer), to be made for a few years, as best as I can ascertain at this time), only the top 3 or 4 models were interesting. The lineup included 13 models, designated MT-1 through MT-14. There was no MT-13. The MT-14 was a juvenile's bicycle.

My best guess is Olmo was the fabricator of the top models, with only an unsubstantiated assertion I read somewhere that the (very few) MT-1's were made by Giuseppe himself. I can say the workmanship, features and details on the MT-1 are as good, if not better than, anything I have seen from 1974. A '74 Paramount was in the same garage. (Please forgive my picture-free heresy. At some point I'll initiate a thread for my MT-1. I'm still conducting research and attempting correspondence. Also, I'm lazy and would rather ride than write. Is that lazy? Certainly it is selfish? Alas, I have digressed...)

Maserati bikes are rare. The MT-2 and 3 appear to be pretty good examples of quality Olmo workmanship, (if in fact they were made by Olmo.) I do not know, nor care, whether they are monetarily valuable. (There is absolutely no baseline price reference. I've never even seen a picture of another MT-1, let alone one for sale. The sample pool for all other models is very small.) One may be to the owner of a Maserati motorized vehicle? They may also become valuable as Maserati has dipped its wheel into the bike world again, this time commissioning Montante to produce some $4k Columbus tubed bikes bearing their name.



Maserati Bicycles | Personalized Mountain Bikes - MASERATI store

I do prefer the new headbadge.



Enjoy your new ride!

(I can't quite make out the embossed serial number on your bottom bracket. Could you post a better picture, perhaps rub some dark wax into the numbers and lower letters? And maybe some more photos of the lugs and bridges, and anything else, please? We like pictures.)
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Thank you. Wonderful info!
Below is photo of lugs.
The serial number on 1 side is: 68158 & on the other it is either a 0 or 6 then 2. (there is a period after the 2?)

Thanks again for the great info.

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Pretty sure I see the recesses and the gold triangle/Olympic rings sticker as well, my favorite stem of all time.


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In 1974 Tecno Tubo Torino launched the second generation of the Record model stem. It lacks the prominent oval recesses in the sides. Makes me think bicycle more likely a '73 than a '74.

The forum has had a number of threads discussing examples of this marque but I cannot recall anyone ever stating just who was il perpetratore vero.

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Originally Posted by machinist42 View Post
Maserati bikes are rare. The MT-2 and 3 appear to be pretty good examples of quality Olmo workmanship, (if in fact they were made by Olmo.) I do not know, nor care, whether they are monetarily valuable. (There is absolutely no baseline price reference. I've never even seen a picture of another MT-1, let alone one for sale. The sample pool for all other models is very small.)
There's a picture of an MT-1 posted by tommasinisun in the "Barn Find" Maserati thread, on 6-16-2017.
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I have a friend who has a Columbus framed Maserati. He bought it new BITD.

He says it was made by Fiorelli.

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Originally Posted by mongol777 View Post
RE: Rinforzi Columbus Frame - Rinforzi is not the type/model of tubing. Just means Columbus reinforced tubing so could be anything....
Given the decal style and era there are only four possibilities and two of those were track tubesets. So,it comes down to SL or SP. From a size perspective, it's in that gray area, where it could go either way, but should be determinable from the seat post diameter.
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Originally Posted by eeuuugh View Post
There's a picture of an MT-1 posted by tommasinisun in the "Barn Find" Maserati thread, on 6-16-2017.


(Thanks! Well, guess I have seen a picture of an MT-1 now. There are noticeable differences. Mine does not have the rear dropout fender/rack braze on, seat stay is flat on Maserati in the photo, while mine is concave, and mine has reinforced through top tube rear brake cable routing, among other things. The model above may be a '73, while mine. I was told, and date codes on components suggest, was a '74. Wish I could view the underside of the bb...)

(Addendum/Epilogue: Drat. Appears I still have yet to see a picture of another MT-1. See this thread.)

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