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Gitane Royal LVX? 1960's Value?

Old 02-14-20, 06:20 PM
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Gitane Royal LVX? 1960's Value?

Hi,

Opinions would be much appreciated. I've got a vintage Gitane folding bicycle, which I believe is from the late 1960's. The wheel diameter is about 20 inches. The back of the seat reads Royal LVX. Is this the model name of the bicycle? Or, of the seat? What do you think the bicycle worth? Two photos are attached.

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There's a C&V valuation thread where this actually belongs, but my neighbor had an orange Gitane of about the same vintage that he started off asking $200 for and settled for $125. Good luck!

Be sure to post pix in the Gitane thread.
Show off your Gitane!
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The subject bicycle is a Gitane Biciclette. Reportedly, they were introduced in 1968 and the design had changed by 1971, so it should be circa 1968-1970. I don't follow folding bicycle prices, so I'll defer to other members on that aspect.
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Thread moved to Appraisals.
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
There's a C&V valuation thread where this actually belongs, but my neighbor had an orange Gitane of about the same vintage that he started off asking $200 for and settled for $125. Good luck!

Be sure to post pix in the Gitane thread.
Show off your Gitane!
Thumpism:

Thanks for your reply. I didn't know about the other thread.

About how long ago did your neighbor sell his / her Gitane?
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
The subject bicycle is a Gitane Biciclette. Reportedly, they were introduced in 1968 and the design had changed by 1971, so it should be circa 1968-1970. I don't follow folding bicycle prices, so I'll defer to other members on that aspect.
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Thank you for the info. A family member believed it was from about 1967 or 1968 so that's spot-on. All sorts of memories attached to that bicycle.
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Originally Posted by Chicago2 View Post
Thumpism:

Thanks for your reply. I didn't know about the other thread.

About how long ago did your neighbor sell his / her Gitane?
It's the Appraisals thread just below this one in the forum index.

Milton sold his within the last year. He frequents auctions and estate sales so no telling what he might have paid for it.
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....Milton sold his within the last year. He frequents auctions and estate sales so no telling what he might have paid for it.
That's the replacement model. In North America, it was simply called the Gitane Folding Bicycle.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
That's the replacement model. In North America, it was simply called the Gitane Folding Bicycle.
Thank you.

Your friend's replacement bike is nice. I like the orange color.
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That color is one that is strongly associated with the brand, as is the green of your bike. When I saw him drive up from my yard across the street I knew what he had. No mistaking that shape and color.
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If you can get $125 for your folder, grab it. Folders have a very small following. Add French idiosyncrasies and they have a smaller following yet.
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
That color is one that is strongly associated with the brand, as is the green of your bike. When I saw him drive up from my yard across the street I knew what he had. No mistaking that shape and color.
Interesting! I wasn't thinking about color & branding.
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If you can get $125 for your folder, grab it. Folders have a very small following. Add French idiosyncrasies and they have a smaller following yet.
Thanks for the advice. I figured there's a small following. I couldn't find any info on vintage folding Gitanes. I'll see what I can get for it. Maybe the right person will come along at the right time. And, that they'll be in the Chicago area. If not, I might figure out how to ship and if that's at all economical.
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Interesting! I wasn't thinking about color & branding.
When I think of Gitanes I think of that orange, that green, a nice medium metallic blue, and white, all of them with the foil stickers.
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I had a similar year but different brand which had $125 value.
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When I think of Gitanes I think of that orange, that green, a nice medium metallic blue, and white, all of them with the foil stickers.
Thank you. All good to know.
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I had a similar year but different brand which had $125 value.
Was it a folding bike? What brand was it?
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