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'54 Holdsworth

Old 11-08-14, 09:54 AM
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'54 Holdsworth

What do you think? Well known seller, price dropped, interesting components, good buy?
RARE Vintage 1954 Holdsworth Zephyr Road Path Blumfield Hubs Brooks Hetchins | eBay
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I'm British and would of said 1000 ($1600)
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Old 11-08-14, 06:56 PM
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I'm British and would of said 1000 ($1600)
This is one of a number of bikes that this seller has been representing for someone.
A few sold reasonably quickly, many more have languished.
The prices looked for are top of the market and beyond.
As they are being sold by an intermediary background questions can be ignored with plausible denyiability.

This bike is incomplete, I think it was designed for 27" wheels. If it was complete and you just HAD to have it.... Maybe.
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Go to the shop. See if there is any room. Cash in the shop should knock the price by 15%.
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Old 11-11-14, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
This is one of a number of bikes that this seller has been representing for someone.
A few sold reasonably quickly, many more have languished.
The prices looked for are top of the market and beyond.
As they are being sold by an intermediary background questions can be ignored with plausible denyiability.

This bike is incomplete, I think it was designed for 27" wheels. If it was complete and you just HAD to have it.... Maybe.
+1, yup, pretty much.

Well, I rather doubt it was "designed for 27" wheels" but rather was designed to accommodate a variety of wheel sizes. It would have had 27's for regular riding, switched to tubular 'sprints' for the occasional race.

It was made for brakes, and probably had them. It should have a head badge. The handlebar is not original. The seller's reluctance to say anything about the "elegant" crank is a red flag. Do I see a shim on the seat post? Is that a Kalloy seat post? The seat clamp is a cheapie; I don't really care, but it's another red flag. And so on. I would treat the ebay listing as an advertisement; a serious buyer should see it in person and do the math. $2000 seems pretty optimistic to me.
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I agree with everything RHM said. It's a handsome frame, but $2000? Personally I think $1000 is high.
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Originally Posted by iab View Post
Go to the shop. See if there is any room. Cash in the shop should knock the price by 15%.

Good advice.
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