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Old 11-15-15, 06:33 AM
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There is currently to Torpado with Campy stuff on the Hartford CT Craigslist. In my size, too! If only I could sneak that in without my wife noticing!
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Here's a Torpado that belongs to a friend. I always admired this frame, along with the engraved (pantrographed?) chainring, stem and seatpost.



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Here's a Torpado that belongs to a friend. I always admired this frame, along with the engraved (pantrographed?) chainring, stem and seatpost.



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Torresini product labeled as Capri brand.

Posted by member jamesdak.

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From a CL listing. Item now sold.
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Here is my Torpado!

to be continued,,,,,

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Old 06-10-16, 03:54 AM
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Old 06-10-16, 06:52 AM
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A 1971-2 Torpado in Legnano colour and rebranded as a Champion. Read more here if interested in the story:
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...2-torpado.html
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...olimpiade.html





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That is one cool bike, Campanelura.

As is the green one above.
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Old 06-10-16, 08:11 AM
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A 1971-2 Torpado in Legnano colour and rebranded as a Champion. Read more here if interested in the story...
That looks like the Danish VIN system stamped on the seat tube. If so, based on the K-suffix, it dates to 1973.

Edit: The WAK prefix was assigned to bicycles imported by Age Kroll.

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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
That looks like the Danish VIN system stamped on the seat tube. If so, based on the K-suffix, it dates to 1973.

Edit: The WAK prefix was assigned to bicycles imported by Age Kroll.
Interesting. I googled a bit but did not find anything on Age Kroll. Could you point me in a direction for more info?

To my knowledge Thord imported his bikes himself, at least in the beginning, but later perhaps it might have gone thru an agent and maybe that could have been a Danish company and Age Kroll. I have collected some pictures of Champion/Torpado: s and at least one more have what looks like a WAK number (but on the other side of the frame). My other Champion(/Legnano), that is much earlier, does not have anything like it number-wise. As I said - very interesting and I will check with Thords son if he knows something about this.
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Old 06-10-16, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by styggno1 View Post
Interesting. I googled a bit but did not find anything on Age Kroll. Could you point me in a direction for more info?

To my knowledge Thord imported his bikes himself, at least in the beginning, but later perhaps it might have gone thru an agent and maybe that could have been a Danish company and Age Kroll. I have collected some pictures of Champion/Torpado: s and at least one more have what looks like a WAK number (but on the other side of the frame). My other Champion(/Legnano), that is much earlier, does not have anything like it number-wise. As I said - very interesting and I will check with Thords son if he knows something about this.
I have a Centurion Serial Number Database thread and the WAK-prefix serial numbers surfaced a lot on European market Centurion. There was no correlation to the American market models that I'm familiar with and another member pointed me towards the Danish bicycle VIN System. The WAK prefix was assigned to Age Kroll before it was reassigned to Centurion. The system goes back as far as 1948 so it possible the WAK-prefix may have been assigned to numerous companies over the years. If Thord had been importing these bicycles directly and was exporting to Denmark, he would need a VIN assignment. Given that Sweden and Denmark are both Scanadavian countries, I imagine there were some common distributors and it could have gone two ways, with Thord being either the primary or second level distributor. Regardless, it seems to provides objective evidence as to the year. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_bicycle_VIN-system

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Old 06-10-16, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by campanelura View Post
Here is my Torpado!

to be continued,,,,,

We have a near twins! You can look at the photos of mine above. What are the hubs? (I know the QR is Campag, but on my Father's Frejus the QR was Campag, but the hubs are Akront.) Are they three-piece with a steel barrel?

Mine no longer has the Torpado headset, it was badly brinelled. It now has a Stonglight headset.
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I'm very grad to know that we have a near twins!
I wonder why this rare Torpado has been inported to Japan and how many thisi type of Torpado still survived in the world?
The hubs are Campa by the way.


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This is how my latest Torpado build started...



and this is where the build is at now, except that the bicycle has been stripped of components for painting and the paint will be a nice powder blue. Just have to wait until Black Fly season passes...



I might even start the painting today if impatience strikes. First paint the head tube and lug windows white. The Harbor Blue for the rest of the bicycle, leaving heat tube lugs, fork and stays socks chromed. Might even do a little pin striping, if my eyes get better and my hands stop shaking (good luck with both of those).
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Torpado nuovo sprint from the 80ies
a neighbor came over a few month ago to show me a bike he wanted to sell
and he brought this..
it was standing in a garage for about 30 years.. he never used it
i never saw a black torpado
what you think about it?
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My size, maybe, or a bit big since I shortened my legs... Very nice.
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some more pictures...
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Torpado nuovo sprint from the 80ies
a neighbor came over a few month ago to show me a bike he wanted to sell
and he brought this..
it was standing in a garage for about 30 years.. he never used it
i never saw a black torpado
what you think about it?
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Well, i ride it (the last picture with the number was taken after a 222km ride through Lower Austria and the Cech republic) and i love it, ist a wonderful bike. But the colour (matt black) is untypical for the 80ies, i wanted to know if somone has heard something about "black" torpados?
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Just took Lola out for a nice 25 mile spin here on a glorious S Tx winter's day. Big chain ring, slammed down into smallest rear gear. This old girl can still fly.
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Just took Lola out for a nice 25 mile spin here on a glorious S Tx winter's day. Big chain ring, slammed down into smallest rear gear. This old girl can still fly.
Odd that she beareth so little resemblance to Anouk Aimee...

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Odd that she beareth so little resemblance to Anouk Aimee...

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no Anouk is the avatar for this lovely long legged French lady!
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no Anouk is the avatar for this lovely long legged French lady!
Odd that a Roma girl from Nantes would be wearing that jewelry of Sinoic origin...

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