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Help with identifying Atala bike (Info + value needed)

Old 12-27-14, 09:55 AM
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Help with identifying Atala bike (Info + value needed)

I don't know much about bikes. I made this account just to consult a community that knows what they're talking about as I need help with identifying information and the value of an old Atala bike that's been in my garage for years. Anyways, on to the bike: it's an Atala (cruiser I think?) with 27" wheels. It has Campagnolo parts (I will include pictures) and also Weinmann Vainqueur 999 brakes. The bike has the serial number 66F9958 but I've had no luck with using this as an identifying factor. The bike is in relatively poor condition: no seat, no pedals, light rust, wheels probably need to be replaced, tires I'm sure are rotted.. But I do believe that it would make a great restoration project for someone. The frame appears to be sturdy and in good shape despite the light rust and from what I've heard (I may be wrong) Atala frames are quality frames. Here are some photos I took of the bike: So there you have it. If you guys have any information regarding the model/year/etc please let me know, and also if anyone could estimate the value of the bike as it is that would be a huge help. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-27-14, 11:03 AM
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First of all, if it is to be sold as a restoration candidate, DON'T attempt to clean it up.

OK, now having said that, the value of this bike is very low. It is a lower end step-through frame intended for women. That means most men wouldn't touch it except to restore for a woman in their life. The popular mixte style is different and considered unisex by most. This isn't it.

Although tubing isn't identified, I presume it is heavy high tensile steel. The wheel rims are also steel I believe, due to the serrations on them to help braking.

On the plus side, the chrome socks and lugs add appeal, and although badly pitted by rust they could clean up enough to look decent. The Campy components are low end but have some value. Are the hubs Campy? You don't show the rear derailer, is it Campy? Need to see it.

An average buyer will have zero interest in this bike. A C&V enthusiast with tools and aptitude would look at it as a candidate for a rehabilitation, not full restoration.

As far as the brand, Atala was no different in that they made a range of bikes at different price/quality levels. This one was contracted out as evidenced by the decal shown. BTW, one tire isn't just rotted but appears to have a gash in it.

Values are rightly subjective, but if I had interest, I might pay $25 to $50 bucks for it, knowing it would take $100 plus lots of labor to get her back on the road. Sadly, even after that it wouldn't be worth much.
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Low end Italian style step through. With valentino components and significant rust condition issues. Worth about $50 as is figure about $150-200 in parts and labor to get it in good riding condition and $200-300 maybe more if you wanted to restore it. There are likely better restoration projects out there this is the kind of bike it is real easy to get upside on on even if you get it for close to nothing or free.
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I would guess the tubing is similar to what the frame on my '64 Atala Grand Prix; Tulio, Atalas' "house brand". If what I've found about serial number decode, the OPs bike is a '66 (at least the frame was stamped in '66) Wouldn't that predate the release of the awful "Valentino" line from Campy? More likely Gran Sport.
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