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Old 09-05-18, 06:18 PM
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Bianchi Specialissima value?

What would you pay for a mid 80ís Bianchi Specialissima looks like pearl white with Super Record. Now the kicker, it needs new paint and decals, tires, cables and bar tape. Plus total servicing.? No pics, maybe tomorrow, this is just a guesstimate. Thanks.
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I'm no Bianchi expert , but that is the model I have been looking at although more early 80's . My vintage LBS has a couple at around 2K (they have been sitting a while) . I see bare frames on the bay for 6-8 hundred again they sit there . So what is the price of the one you are looking at , sloar ?
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I'm no Bianchi expert , but that is the model I have been looking at although more early 80's . My vintage LBS has a couple at around 2K (they have been sitting a while) . I see bare frames on the bay for 6-8 hundred again they sit there . So what is the price of the one you are looking at , sloar ?
Itís on consignment at my local bike shop, heís not sure of a price yet and I think the owners not sure what she has. I think right now itís an offer price.
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I think right now itís an offer price.
Interesting , I found out that these Bianchi's are outta my league . And another thing (I'm sure you'r aware of) these things are faked . At least I have seen a few that were a pathetic attempt at faking . For me if I found one that was correct , IMO I would think 7-8 hundred , and at that it would be Ca. money .
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Even though it’s a high end frame, I wouldn’t think it would be worth much since it needs painted.
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Pass unless dirt cheap.
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Any pics? I am not convinced that there ever was, at least in the US a Specialisma model but since that decal is normally found on the left chain stay it is sort of the precursor to Reparto Corse.

If needs repaint ainít and basically everything else to make it serviceable I think $200ish might do it. Pics?
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Any pics? I am not convinced that there ever was, at least in the US a Specialisma model but since that decal is normally found on the left chain stay it is sort of the precursor to Reparto Corse.

If needs repaint ainít and basically everything else to make it serviceable I think $200ish might do it. Pics?
$200 for a high en Bianchi with Super Record? Even needing an overhaul and paint, that's a "Good luck, I bet not" situation.
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Id pay 450 for the groupset alone if its truly is a complete group. And im talking seatpost and all.

Im picturing a paint needy specialissima amd wouldnt pay more then $100 for it.
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$200 for a high en Bianchi with Super Record? Even needing an overhaul and paint, that's a "Good luck, I bet not" situation.
I'd like to see pics first. the only white upper end machine I see is the Campone de Itali but they still seem to be Tretubi with Alle or even Falc stays plus the usual mix of components. It is possible that someone upgraded one to all SR but lets see what the pics say. Then there is the condition. If it is bad enough that Sloar thinks it needs a repaint I am betting the chain, freewheel and maybe the small ring are toast. What are the odds the BB is toast as well?

Even a cheap powder coat is going to run you close to $150 right? your time spent for tear down and rebuild another $100. Tires, cables, tape, brake blocks another $50 to 100+. Chain and FW? lets say another $30-50 depending how fancy you get. What about some chrome or SS acron nuts to replace the rusted ones? $20 Yes sight unseen I'd have a hard time thinking more than since to get a ridable bike you might have to spend $400+/- more.

Also reread my comment I am not sold on the "Specialisma" model idea. The only Specialissma I see in the catalogs is the '87 Specialisma X4
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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
Interesting , I found out that these Bianchi's are outta my league . And another thing (I'm sure you'r aware of) these things are faked . At least I have seen a few that were a pathetic attempt at faking . For me if I found one that was correct , IMO I would think 7-8 hundred , and at that it would be Ca. money .
Carpe Diem! You have to know what your looking at. I don't think many are 'faked' with a serious intent to defraud but ignorance and an attempt to make the bike look nicer. Everyone wants to replace decals and the simplist way to that is Ebay. Suddenly your '85 Volece is sporting '87 Supper Leggera decals because they are first decals the owner found on ebay.

Don't overlook the midrange models from the later '80s with the Formula two tubes. They can be a decent deals sometimes and are great riders.
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Originally Posted by sloar View Post
Even though itís a high end frame, I wouldnít think it would be worth much since it needs painted.

Any pics? What shop is it in?
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Any pics? I am not convinced that there ever was, at least in the US a Specialisma model but since that decal is normally found on the left chain stay it is sort of the precursor to Reparto Corse.

If needs repaint ainít and basically everything else to make it serviceable I think $200ish might do it. Pics?
Location is a secret, a deal is being sorted out. The Specialisma decal is on the top tube. Paint might not be as
bad as I thought.
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Location is a secret, a deal is being sorted out. The Specialisma decal is on the top tube. Paint might not be as
bad as I thought.

OK. When I was in Indy a few weeks ago I was disappointed there didn't seem to be a Bianchi dealer.
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I'd like to see pics first. the only white upper end machine I see is the Campone de Itali but they still seem to be Tretubi with Alle or even Falc stays plus the usual mix of components. It is possible that someone upgraded one to all SR but lets see what the pics say. Then there is the condition. If it is bad enough that Sloar thinks it needs a repaint I am betting the chain, freewheel and maybe the small ring are toast. What are the odds the BB is toast as well?

Even a cheap powder coat is going to run you close to $150 right? your time spent for tear down and rebuild another $100. Tires, cables, tape, brake blocks another $50 to 100+. Chain and FW? lets say another $30-50 depending how fancy you get. What about some chrome or SS acron nuts to replace the rusted ones? $20 Yes sight unseen I'd have a hard time thinking more than since to get a ridable bike you might have to spend $400+/- more.

Also reread my comment I am not sold on the "Specialisma" model idea. The only Specialissma I see in the catalogs is the '87 Specialisma X4

This isnít the actual bike, but same color. I do know itís an SLX.



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Hard to fake high end 80s Bianchi's because everything is pantographed. Seatstay caps, fork crown, head lugs . . .

Though this one looks mid to late 80s or even early 90s and I'm not very familiar with those.

Another early 80s high end Bianchi that came in white is the Rallye, btw. Tretubi sure but panto, wrapped bars, chrome seat stay tips, chrome fork crown, Specialissima decal, etc. Actually dead on like Super Corsa but for stronger tubing and canti brakes.
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I had an early/mid 80's Specialissima which I got through a friend of a friend who worked at Bianchi USA. They were the frame set of the high end Bianchi. At that time they were only available in Celeste and Black. Cracked that frame and they replaced it with a late 80's at the time. I don't see that as anything extraordinary and it's sot of hard to say what it's worth flying blind.

The funny story on getting the frame, I was working at Trek at the time and was planning to purchase a 170 through the employee purchase program and sort of got hosed when I went over the the sales desk to make-up the order. One of the sales guys was quoted like $175 dollars for the frame and when I went to place an order was told no, (I worked in production scheduling, scheduling production through the plant). I was so ticked I connected with a friend who knew someone at Bianchi and they sent me the Specialissima which I built up with SR and enjoyed riding it to work and parking it by my desk. Bevil Hogg was still there at this time and walked by my desk and asked me why I was riding a Bianchi? Told him the story and that I'd gotten a better deal, he chuckled and just walked away.
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This isnít the actual bike, but same color. I do know itís an SLX.



SLX would be late '80s. As for as US catalogs, the Centenario was the first SLX bike '85 finished in black nickel, then there was the Specialissma X4 in '87 but that was Celeste. The next was the Mondiale, Super Leggera and Giro in '89 but they were Mint Celeste. I wonder if your looking at a Metallic Celeste '87 Mondiale but that was a SL frame. The one I had looked white rather than Celeste

'81 Mondiale in Metallic Celeste refitted with early Athena. The stock group was C-Record but with S.R. calipers.
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Just value it at the parts, put frame value at zero since it needs paint. Parts are surely worth a lot more than $200. If you want a profit margin or room for surprises, then base your offer on what the seat post, crankset, brakes and derailleurs are worth. Wheels, handlebar, stem, and eventually the frame are your "profit".
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