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Bottecchia 1966??

Old 05-11-18, 12:17 PM
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Bottecchia 1966??

I bought this Bottecchia at a garage sale today. It says 1966 but I didn't know what year it actually is... From my understanding that is in reference to a year, they won a trophy or something. Anyway, it was made in Italy and the person I bought it from said he bought it when he was a kid? Any idea of the value? I am probably going to sell it and am trying to figure out if I should get it cleaned and fixed up or let the buyer do that. Thanks in advance



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Old 05-11-18, 12:33 PM
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It looks to be in relatively good shape as it sits. May have been repainted. The original decals were water-slides, which probably came apart and fell off after a couple of years. The ones on it now are vinyl (not a bad thing). This was a bottom-of-the-line model that probably sold for $100 new in the early 1970's. As it sits, maybe worth $75-$100.
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Thanks for sharing the bike.

Your are correct about the 1966 date referring to a race victory and not the model year of the bicycle.

As stated above, it is an early 1970's example. The backside of the machine's Simplex Prestige rear gear mech will likely be stamped with a specific month and year of manufacture.

Finish and transfers appear to be original.

Looks to be a model termed DeLuxe.

Here is the 1973 catalogue page for it -

https://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g...geViewsIndex=1

[while catalogue 1973 nominal, photo is of a slightly earlier example]

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It ;looks pretty clean and ready to go I would say put some cheap new bartape on It lower the stem and turn down the bars a bit and ask $175. As for the year and model I would agree it is a 72/73 Deluxe .
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Thank for the replies

I spent $100 on it and didn't have the luxury of doing much research. It was one of those deals that I was at a garage sale and I knew it wouldn't be there long and it was old and Italian, lesson learned! The brakes and gear switching need a little work... I am just torn if it is worth getting it worked on or just selling as is?
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I am just torn if it is worth getting it worked on or just selling as is?
Clean and sell "as is" would be the best way to go from a flipping point of view, however...

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