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WF Holdsworth and Sons 'Mistral' 1978 Vintage

Old 03-17-23, 12:39 PM
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WF Holdsworth and Sons 'Mistral' 1978 Vintage

I have a WF Holdsworth and Sons 'Mistral', Reynolds 531 gauge double-butted frame which I purchased from their shop in London in May 1978. I outfitted it with Shimano 600 rear derailleur and 60 front, Maillard 700 large flange hubs with Weinman 27.25" clincher rims, 3ttt handlebars, Cherry side-pull brakes, and a Brooks Pro leather saddle. It was too big for me when I bought it but I have ridden her for nearly 40 years. I am now 68 and have purchased a REI house-brand aluminum bike. I much prefer the feel of the ride of my steel frame, but my body is not as forgiving as it used to be riding a too large framed bike. I am also downsizing to a smaller home and simply can't continue to hold onto her. What might anyone be willing to pay for such a bike?
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Welcome to Bike Forums. In order to give you any meaningful guess on your bike's worth, you will need to post up some better pictures. A drive side full bike picture to start and some close ups showing any scratches or other damage, etc.

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Tough saying good bye to an old friend like that. Looks like you have chalked up a lot of miles together.
Get some better pics and maybe clean her up too and the real experts here will chime in.
Always love(d) British bikes. Quite a few of us out there.
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A lot will depend on location, and the channel you choose for the sale. eBay has the biggest audience but the fees are significant, and shipping is a hassle. If you are near a major metro area I would try Craigslist or similar.
I sold a Mistral frame and fork on eBay a few years ago for around $300. But the market has softened a fair bit since then.
They sure are nice riding bikes.
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