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Old 05-11-23, 06:11 PM
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Peugeot Premier?

Greetings all. I came into an older Peugeot to fix up for a donation to a church member in need. I am not sure I would classify it as VINTAGE, but it certainly is not new. It is a white step-through (not mixte) frame with a Huret drivetrain (2x5), drop handlebars, downtube shifters. There is a 'Carbolite' decal on the seat tube. Another decal on the top tube says 'Premier' and another says 'Made in France. I located what I take to be the serial number on the bottom on the bottom shell - which is Y7C7 55006. It may have been originally purchased in England, but that is not confirmed. I would love to learn the vintage of this bicycle, and wouled very much appreciate any information anybody can provide.






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it looks like it may be just late enough that the Huret bits may carry date markings

the company commenced a practice of date marking them in 1978

the markings have four numerals, the first two indicating the week and the second two the year:



it is possible the bicycle's Weinmann model 605 brake calipers may be late enough to carry a date marking

if present, it will be in the form of a clockface type symbol as here:



machine's wheel rims may exhibit a two digit year date inside a small diamond symbol as in this image:




the cycle's 5V gear block is also a dating aid and may carry a date itself

1978 was about the last year for production cycles to be fitted with 5V blocks; 6V was coming in as the new standard and the first adopters among manufacturers did so for the 1978 model year, by 1979 it was fairly wide spread in the industry...

the back side of the cycle's crank arms are likely to carry a date marking

the Atom/Maillard wheel hubs should be marked with a date on their barrels

the right end of the handlebar may carry a date mark beneath the hand grip

the stem may carry a date mark on the portion down inside the steerer

the saddle pillar may carry a date mark on the section down in the seat tube

cycle appears to be similar to models such as the one known as the P6 for the U.S. market


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It is similar to Peugeot's P6, P8 bikes from the very early 80's.....
But this one seems to have full French componentry while the P6 and P8 had some Japanese components on their drivetrains.
This one also shares Peugeot's Carbolite 103 tubing with most of Peugeots entry level bikes of that time.

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Thanks for posting pictures of your Peugeot.

It looks like a P15 Premiere. There is a label on the chainstay at the kickstand which will have the model number, frame size and serial number.

The label at the base of the seat tube is for Peugeot bicycles exported to England.
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