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1977 Apollo MK VI - Is it worth restoring?

Old 06-29-14, 08:11 PM
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1977 Apollo MK VI - Is it worth restoring?

Hey, it seems like there are some experts on old Apollos so I thought I would ask you guys a few questions if you don't mind. I was given a 77 MK VI with all original components. Shimano Dura Ace drive train with Campgnolo Record hubs with aluminum tubular rims. The components are in incredible shape, the chain basically has no wear. I'm a bike mechanic and have been servicing all the moving parts, I rebuilt the free wheel and hubs. BB etc, recovered the seat and put some new tubulars on. It's running well but the paint is faded, there are some scratches and there is a bit of pitting on the chrome stays and fork. I'm wondering if it's worth spending a couple hundred bucks to restore the frame. I'm already in 200$ in for the tires and seat, so
If I can fully restore the bike for under 500$ is it worth it? Should I try to match the original colour or can I change the colour with out losing its value? What would resale be like down the road if I decide to pick up another project? Any insight you have would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 06-29-14, 08:16 PM
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You will rarely recover an investment in new paint, so if there are no structural issues because of rust, you're probably better off with rubbing/polishing compounds and a good wax afterwards. For the chrome - do not steel wool it. Try crumpled foil. (Reynolds wrap would of course be appropriate).
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I'd tend to say that a repaint (in any palatable colour) won't hurt the value of an Apollo, even a higher-end one, all that much...but this is in large part because they're not a terribly well-appreciated marque.

The better ones are nice bikes (I have an Imperial that was all Dura Ace when sold in '81), but they're just not likely to generate a premium based on what they are, original or not.

I'm not going to speculate on resale value, but it might well be the case that parting out the Dura Ace and Campy bits could generate a higher total if in really good shape.

I'd do as Ex Pres suggests and clean it up as best I could and ride the heck out of the thing. Decide if it's a keeper, then repaint if it pleases you (knowing that you don't need to worry too much about resale either way).

That's my 2 cents. Oh - and pictures would be nice .
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You have a rather excellent, albeit under-rated bicycle that does not get much attention from collectors... the new price was in the $400 - $500 range* which for 1977 was a lot of coin.

Many do not have their original tubular wheels as many swapped in clinchers for better tyre durability.

(*Thanks to T-Mar for providing this background pricing information).
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Here are some pictures. I cleaned it up, repacked all the bearings in the wheels, BB and headset. It has new cables, bar tape and tubular tires. The seat was in rough shape so I took it to a saddle store and had it recovered. All in all I spent about 190$. It rides incredibly smooth and the components are in amazing shape. The paint looks like crap which is a shame. Got a quote from an automotive restorer to get it done. 330$ for black pearl with a bit of silver flake. I think I'm going to get it done. Beats spending over 1000$ for a new bike with mediocre components. What do you guys think?
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I love the original paint, flaws and all but then I've always loved the Creamsicle look of orange and chrome on old bikes. I vote to touch up the paint as best you can. Although it looks like some decals are missing. In that case, a repaint might be in order.
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