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paramount 08-14-18 10:43 AM

Signed Eddy Merckx 1981 track bike
 
Hello,
I'm wondering about the value and the best way to sell an unusual bike. This track bike was made as a presentation bike for display at the 1981 NYC Bike Expo to introduce the new Eddy Merckx bicycle line to the US. It was signed on the top tube at the request of the US distributor.
About 10 years ago I emailed photos of the bike to the Merckx shop and they emailed me back, and that's how I know the bike's backstory.https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...2288944c3f.png

Thanks for any advice.

Spaghetti Legs 08-14-18 11:30 AM

That one is hard to put a value on as there is very little comparison out there. It I should potentially worth a nice number but you will have to be able to show some provenance to get top dollar, I.e, documentation from Merckx factory, pics from the bike show, etc. I would think eBay would be the best place to get top dollar for a unique bike. CL would be the worst place, unless maybe you live in a big metro area. I would maybe take a flyer and put it on eBay for $2200-$2500 ish and see what happens. It would probably take a while to sell because basically your market is a relatively small number of collectors that will pay that price.

Otherwise as a nice condition vintage track bike I would think about $1000-1200. For reference, a year or so ago I had an ‘85 Merckx Pista frame and fork that I thought was worth about $800 or $900 but ended up gettin about $550 for it on eBay.




paramount 08-14-18 12:59 PM


Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs (Post 20506088)
That one is hard to put a value on as there is very little comparison out there. It I should potentially worth a nice number but you will have to be able to show some provenance to get top dollar, I.e, documentation from Merckx factory, pics from the bike show, etc. I would think eBay would be the best place to get top dollar for a unique bike. CL would be the worst place, unless maybe you live in a big metro area. I would maybe take a flyer and put it on eBay for $2200-$2500 ish and see what happens. It would probably take a while to sell because basically your market is a relatively small number of collectors that will pay that price.

Otherwise as a nice condition vintage track bike I would think about $1000-1200. For reference, a year or so ago I had an 85 Merckx Pista frame and fork that I thought was worth about $800 or $900 but ended up gettin about $550 for it on eBay.




Thanks, that's very helpful! The only documentation I have is the email I got from Eddy's assistant, but I'll see if I can dofi any images from the expo -- that's a good idea.

Poguemahone 08-14-18 03:39 PM

About ten years ago, I bought a signed MX Leader (frame only) in Molteni for right around 700$. Just a price point, have no idea on the sale.


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