Campagnolo gran sport dating
What is most interesting is the decal on the downtube from the Hidden Valley Bicycle Store of Escondido, California that is still in business today.The Hidden Valley shop opened their doors in 1961 and so this ‘Gran Premio’ was most likely one of the first Legnano bikes on the floor.If you take a look at the well-worn 1964 Legnano Gran Premio frame above (click on images for enlargement) it will hint at the factory process of the day.Coming off the brazing torch each frame would have received a swim or two in a solvent tank to prep it for finishing.
The Tipo Roma model that became the Roma Olimpiade in 1956 has a pretty well defined lineage, however I have not learned exactly when Legnano first designated the Gran Premio model.
We did produce the artwork for the down tube logo however when the decals came back from the maker (a remote and unpublished source somewhere in the U. This encouraged Noah to go the next step and use the artwork files to cut a vinyl mask (stencil) and paint it as it was originally done in the factory.
And now that I have seen the results, I would not consider doing a Legnano restoration any other way.
The earliest Gran Premio that I have come across, that is also in my collection, is from 1958.
There is some record to suggest that the Gran Premio model was introduced in 1957, which may have taken place at the annual year end show.
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Spray painting would have also required the balance of the frame to be masked off, a time consuming process and not well suited to factory production.