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Value on this original Centurion Semi Pro 55cm

Old 06-21-23, 08:15 PM
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Value on this original Centurion Semi Pro 55cm








Appreciate your thoughts on the value of this 1979 Centurion Semi Pro
Seems to me to in amazing cosmetic shape. 95%+ decals and paint. Sparkling chrome. I cleaned it but did not address any consumables. The only non original parts are the seat and possibly the chain. It has the original Centurion tires which hold air. I checked against the 1979 catalog and it all corresponds.
I hope to not ship this, so probably limiting potential buyers.
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Thats a nice one! Good size, excellent cosmetics, and the less common color of the two offered in those years (cobalt blue was the other offering).
Not sure how the Denver market is holding up, but in a hot market you might price it in the $500-$600 range and you wouldn’t be far off
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You need better tires than this to get top dollar. Original tires don't add value to an old bike.

The market is down. I'd value this closer to $300-$400.
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If there’s a semi-pro following out there keeping the values up, I don’t see it. Here’s one that’s been collecting dust on western MI FBM for a while. Listed at $595 and still sitting at $495.

When I see an Ironman going for $275 +/- $50 in similar condition, I have a hard time seeing 2x for this Centurion. Yes the Semi-Pro has a more vintage aesthetic and some sweet chrome lug work. I just don’t see spending more than an Ironman for a bike with 27” schrader valve wheels.

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I'm on the low end on this beauty, I have this at $300 tops on local sale.
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Not disagreeing, just saddened that a bike this clean and original would not be worth more. Chrome lugs get my attention always, but the paint and the pinstriping on this one really add to it. It just exhudes class.

Hopefully it will meet the "right" buyer, someone who will ride it proudly.
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That bike is way too nice to sell for $300. I think the frame is worth that. I realize local c&v markets are down. So, why settle? If you don't ride it, add an appropriate saddle, lower the stem and hang it on a wall. It's art and looks fantastic.
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Plonz has a good point about the Ironman. I think I just have a soft spot for the Semi-Pro, having owned several. If you aren’t willing to ship, that does limit your market quite a bit. Sales on vintage bikes do seem to be down all over. An aging group interested in such things and the rise of e-bikes making a big dent in the number of buyers for such items.

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Regarding the soft vintage market, I think another factor is that there are lots more current production “practical” bikes than a decade ago - gravel bikes, commuters, single speeds, etc. Vintage bikes are/were good platforms for modifying, but now buyers have more ready-made choices.
Anyway, that’s a lovely bike, and I hope it finds a proper home.
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Originally Posted by orcas island
Thats a nice one! Good size, excellent cosmetics, and the less common color of the two offered in those years (cobalt blue was the other offering).
Not sure how the Denver market is holding up, but in a hot market you might price it in the $500-$600 range and you wouldn’t be far off
I would tend to agree this one is a bit special yet the Denver and it has a bunch of not so great parts drilling some love it some hate it when it comes to after market drilling detailing IMHO I hate it unless it is done great CO market is a bit tough right right now so but has a lot of bike guys so $300 wait bit $400 wait a while work a bit and get $250 soft sell it. This one is all in all a bit tough to one price great bike with a lot of detail it would be shame but one could part almost higher with surprisingly easier Ebay international shipping under current standards right now.

Or the alter list it on here

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Vintage Japanese goes for about 1/2 of vintage Italian or something like a US vintage Paramount. So, you can't ask for for a whole lot for something like that. But, the good news is a vintage Japanese bike is usually in better shape than comparable Italian stuff and, since they're less expensive they sell quick.

That's a pretty bike. If it was Italian it would go for $1000. But, it's Japanese. You figure out the rest.

Be good. Have fun.
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I'm interested and willing to pickup @ $300. PM me 480-540-4027.
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That is a super pretty bike! Love the chromed lugs, paint color, and the the stripes or whatever you call those lines. First generation suntour cyclone was a fantastic drivetrain. Sadly they are not all that coveted, which is a crying shame.

If you want top dollars you may have to wait until next spring when dreams of the open road are pumping on people's brains. New tires, new handlebar wraps (leather if you are keeping it) and polishing that seatpost would make it shine.
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