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Help with original complete vintage Legnano - Emilio Bozzi - Mod 4?

Old 03-25-13, 01:28 AM
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Help with original complete vintage Legnano - Emilio Bozzi - Mod 4?

Hi all..just registered here since I have a few bikes (or frames) I am getting ready to possibly sell but have no idea what they are worth.
I don't need to know exact amounts...but I definitely don't want to ask way too high or way too low when it's time to sell.

The first one is a complete ready to ride (well pump up the tires) Legnano..last time it was registered says 1972.

I know nothing about these bikes other than some can be valuable.
This bike looks to be 100% original with some additional options...lights, generator, horn.

On the frame post under the seat it reads:
Emilio Bozzi E Un Prodotoo
Della SP A (or SPA)
WAK337y


On the front portion of the frame (I think where the neck slides in) it says Mod 4.

Does anyone know if this is just a plain old bike or is possibly worth some decent money?
Also..why the single speed? I am not used to seeing that on bikes like this but it looks original to me.

I thought the unique chain guard, the horn and the lights (with lenses) were kind of cool anyway..but no idea like I said on value of this.

Thank you.
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Old 03-25-13, 03:40 AM
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It is always difficult to determine Vintage Bicycle Value. In addition to the bike itself, we would need to know what market area you live in, how good are your marketing skills and many other things. That said, a near identical bicycle was recently listed on Ebay and did not fetch $250.00. Listed again, I believe it sold for between $100 and $150. Put another way, your Legnano is the entry level utilitarian model most commonly used for recreational or commutting purposes.

I should add that your bike looks to be in better condition than the one listed on Ebay but that will not drive the price up by too much.
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Are you in Europe, around Denmark? The reason I'm asking is because that looks like a Danish VIN number for a bicycle imported by Aage Kroll. The only complicator is that the system reportedly does not use a Y suffix. Is it possibly a different letter or a typographical error? This is important as it would tell us the year. I suspect this one is late 1950s to early 1960s based on the chainguard style.

Some Legnano do command good prices but these are typically their upper end racing models such as the Roma and Gran Premio. The utilitarian single speed models would probably command much less. I suspect that Randy is in the ballpark but if you are in a European market, it could be appreciably different. It's possible that they could covet a late 1950s Legano in much the same way a North American would covet a 1950s CCM or Schwinn single speed model.
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Thank you both very much...I am in the U.S. and if the bike is going to be sold it would be via Ebay.

So this being an entry level model (still not sure what model it is by the way)...would it better to lookup the parts on it and see if anything stands out or better to just sell as a whole?

As far as the Aage Kroll import..it is likely the "Y" is in error. I didn't spend a bunch of time checking the serial numbers since I was in a hurry, figured it I saw much value at all I would go double check everything.
Does Aage Kroll import mean anything etc.? I have no idea who that is and did a quick search on Google but didn't find much.

When I get back over to the area it's stored in I will double check the numbers...if it goes up for sale I would really like to have as much information as possible.

Thanks again...it's really nice to see people helping strangers out with things like this
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In general, with ultilitarian bicycles they are worth more as a whole than pieced out. Most of the components that fetch high prices tend to be high end racing components. Factor in the time, expense and aggrivation of handling multiple Ebay listings and shipments and selling it as a whole becomes the even more attractive, unless piecing it out is a sure thing.

Aage Kroll was reporedly the importer. They were most notable for importing Centurion but I imagine they handled a number of brands over the years. I established a Centurion Serial Number Database and my collection of these turned up a lot of WAK numbers on foreign models. Another forum member pointed me towards the Danish VIN system. If nothing else, knowing the correct suffix should allow us to accurately pinpoint the year and corroborate the Danish lineage, which is always nice to have for the Ebay listing.
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Whats with the bizzare seat angle and the strap?



Also why the flag bracket and no flag? (Psst if you didn't know that was a flag bracket I really doubt this is ready to ride)

Looks really dirty and dusty to me, I bet those tires are dry rotted and ready to bust first time someone airs them up.



To my knowledge bicycle registration is not mandatory in the US so saying it was last registered would not mean it was not in use since '72.

Looks nice nice project to build a grocery or Cafe' bike but I wouldn't pay more than $50 even if you pumped up the tires.
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"bizarre seat angle and strap" -

likely due to stripped seat clip splines.

easier to just reverse them.
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