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Old 08-20-20, 10:58 PM
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Need help with Bianchi 3 speed ID

Can anyone identify this purported Bianchi 3 speed? More photos are coming from the seller, so hopefully they'll help discern how bad the rust might be, especially since the bike's color hides the rust. Though, the coloration on the head lugs look like the rust may be terminal. These are all I have at this point.

What I can make out is what appears to be a Magistroni crankset, which should date it to no later than the mid-60s. There are several Bianchi catalogs online, but there are none from the 1950s or 60s that I can find.

Any help would be appreciated.


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Old 08-21-20, 11:26 AM
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I thought the discolouration around the head lugs looked heat related, like a repair attempt.
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I went back and checked my archive, as I thought I had a 1950s Bianchi catalogue. Sure enough, there was one reported to be from 1995. It seems reasonable as the top model is the Campione del Mondo in references to Coppi's 1953 victory and consequently is no older than 1954. All the non-racing models show the seat post binder bolt in front of the seat lug, on the top of the top tube. Consequently, the subject bicycle is no older than late 1950s. I know that doesn't narrow things down much, but it's a start. FWIW, the 3 speed models in the catalogue are all derailleur equipped, either Campagnolo Sport or Gran Sport.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
FWIW, the 3 speed models in the catalogue are all derailleur equipped, either Campagnolo Sport or Gran Sport.
There a couple of late 50s, Sturmey Archer equipped Bianchi 3 speeds show on this page on The Cabe.

And here are a few more photos. Brakes are Altenburger Brilliant sidepulls.
It's definitely crusty, but is it too crusty to save? We'll see.



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Hello Brad L,

Thank you for posting this question.

The additional images are a big help.

All of the Italian produced Bianchi three speeds of this era I have seen exhibit Bianchi integral headsets, Ambrosio steel stem/bar sets of exquisite finish, Universal Mignon brakes and pedals from Way-Assauto, Sheffield or Agrati. Seat stay treatment is always bullet. They have handsome flambouyant finishes.

this "de Luxe" example is dated 1959 and has had its mudguards removed and bar/brake levers replaced with a drop model. otherwise appears stock:




the more commonly encountered Bianchi 3-speed model of this era is the "Sports"; here is a fine example from 1958:




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photos of subject machine set off a number of "red flags" for me straightaway. the seat stay attachment is very German, the seat tube transfer reminded me of one employed by a maker in Germany. the black accent colour seen on the head and fork crown areas is typical of a German type "fade" or "stencil" paint scheme.

subject machine looks to have been manufactured by Pantherwerke AG:

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panther_Fahrradwerke

if not a case of private labelling it may have been badged as Jaguar.

here is a 1960's era Jaguar 3-speed whose frame exhibits the same lugs, seat stay treatment and fork crown as the machine under discussion. note that stem, bar, chainset, brakes and pedals are also matches. chainset is likely to be a Thun product, rather than Magistroni. view the same accent black painting around head lugs and fork crown.






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the Jaguar brand name amongst German cycles can be a source of confusion as there is also a "Standard Jaguar"/"Jaguar Standard" badge produced by an unrelated firm based in Granichen -




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Thanks for the info, Juvela. In the end I passed on the bike. It was very inexpensive ($40), but would have been a 300 mile round trip to purchase it, and things just didn't add up to being a Bianchi.

FYI, here's the last photo she sent me. It definitely shows the black fade painting at the lugs.

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