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Gazelle Racing bike 1968 value

Old 01-24-19, 03:20 AM
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Gazelle Racing bike 1968 value

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I'm in possession of a 'rare' (that's what the shop I bought it from called it and I don't know much about bikes!) 1968 vintage Gazelle (serial no. 2213614) that I'm hoping to find a new home for.

Does anyone know how much a frame like this would be worth? I have done quite a bit of repair work so it isn't entirely original, but I am looking to sell the bike as a w hole if possible.

As I said, any help with how much a bike like this would fetch would be hugely helpful!

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Old 01-24-19, 04:14 AM
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Old 01-24-19, 04:27 AM
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Interesting bike. I'm not seeing any tubing decals. High Tensile Steel?

The Campagnolo rear derailleur is a nice touch. Nuovo Record?

The leather seat looks nice.

Overall, I don't think the bike would go real high. Rare and old, but not necessarily having broad appeal.

I'm thinking somewhere around $300. You could ask as high as $500 (E-Bay)... but be willing to come down to $250-ish.
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Old 01-24-19, 04:59 AM
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Looks like a late 60's Gazelle Race. I think it might have a butted 531 frame despite the cottered crank.

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Old 01-24-19, 05:42 AM
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Does anyone know how much a frame like this would be worth?
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Old 01-24-19, 08:05 AM
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You have already found the year through the serial number as being 1968.

Now, the 1968 folder is missing, but in the 1969 folder we find a couple of models which could work, most notably the

- Gazelle Locomotief Racefiets, Model E.2


- Gazelle Locomotief Jeugd-Racefiets (Youth racing bike)

Yours seems to be a mixture of parts of both of them. How tall is the frame?
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I really like this bike. I'd value this bike right around $200-$250. It looks to have the remnants of a Reynolds 531 sticker on the seat tube. If this is a full 531 bike, that would up the value. Otherwise I'll stick to my original estimate. The bike is clean and has a decent parts mix but nothing that adds a huge amount of value. The campy RD will help sell the bike. If looking to maximize return on craigslist, you could pick up a cheap saddle to outfit the bike and sell the brooks saddle separately. That seems a shame though since the saddle really matches the bike.

You could ask as much as $300 on the bike and stick to it. This bike is very clean for a bike from the 60s. Writing a good CL ad is helpful where you document what you know about the bike and the work you have done to get it running right. I know I'd be tempted to buy this bike if it showed up locally.

OP: where are you located? Vintage bikes like this tend to command a premium in larger cities where there are more buyers.
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If this is the Model E.2 then it has the following specs:
  • Frame A
    • Reynolds 531 tubing frame and fork
    • Campagnolo dropouts
    • TWF headset (French brand)
    • Stronglight bottom bracket
    • Stronglight 49D cranks
  • Prices:
    • Frame: Fl. 225,- (Today: € 494.88 / $562.59)
    • Complete: Fl. 577,50 (Today: € 1 269.10 / $1 442.74)
    • Complete Campagnolo: Fl. 939,- (Today: € 2 065.31 / $2 347.88)
There is also a big list of customization with prices.

The youth version has Zeus dropouts and a Hauptman steel crank
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@liame92 what size is the frame?
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Nice find! It looks to be quite original. It dates from the transition period after Gazelle had taken over the Locomotief brand. Amsterdam-based Locomotief was famous for supplying the Dutch TdF team with race-winning bikes in the fifties - the team won the 1953 event - and their talented shop boss, Bertus Slesker, was tasked with setting up the Gazelle racing department after the takeover.

This led to this man winning the World Championship in 1969, after which the Gazelle racing machines were christened 'Champion Mondial'.

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