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Unusual Centurion: Please help to ID

Old 03-20-10, 12:24 PM
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Unusual Centurion: Please help to ID

I recently bought a Centurion to restore and I can't identify the model of the bike. Either the decal has come off or it was never labeled (unlikely, right?). The person I bought it from does not know what year it was purchased. The Serial No. is 6A243 (specs below). Any ideas?


Stem and Handlebar: SR
Seatpost: SR
Deraileur : Suntour "seven"
Shifter: Suntour "power Shift"
Chainset: SR
Freewheel: Suntour, not sure which model
Wheelset: 27x 1.25 Araya
Brakes (f&r) & Levers: DiaCompe
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Old 03-20-10, 12:39 PM
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It's probably 1976. As for the model, I have no idea. My 1977 Pro-Tour had no model listed when I got it last week, and even the Centurion logo is peeling off letter by letter. If not for finding a magazine review online, I'd have no idea what the model was. My bike has the same headbadge.

It'll probably clean up really nice, and I like the color and decals.
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My late 1970s Centurion has markings very similar to yours.
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My Le Mans has (had -- oops) different stickers, but same chrome ends on forks and exact same equipment. Same headbadge too.
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In restoring that, I would consider just covering, and not repainting, the original paint and decals with either wax or clearcoat.
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Thanks for the tip... I was going to try auto touch up paint, but it might end up looking better to just preserve what's left
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Originally Posted by Roll-Monroe-Co
My Le Mans has (had -- oops) different stickers, but same chrome ends on forks and exact same equipment. Same headbadge too.
That's what's confusing me. I'm able to find models in T-mar's database that seem similar, but I don't see those decals anywhere else on the web. I wonder if Centurion had non-uniform markings in the early years. Does your S/N have similar attributes? Mine was located at the base of the stem about an inch above the BB.
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Uniformity and Centurion were not always known to co-exist for very long on any model line.

Perhaps, because they were importers, they were after a certain number of models that were "to spec" and then had to fill in or make changes, etc. One of the often intriguing aspects of Centurions are what you don't know about them.

I think your bike is a Lemans, but what Lemans, I don't know. There were a bunch of variants.
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