Classic Cyclists - Italy
[Sold] Olympia - Speciale - 56x54
A really nice and beautiful road bike from Olympia with Gipiemme Sprint components and Columbus tubes back from the 80s (9 out of 10)
Used but almost mint. Original paintwork. No dents, no cracks, small signs of scratches.
Seat Tube Height (c-t): 56 cm
Seat Tube Height (c-c): 55 cm
Top Tube Length: 54 cm
ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTYFIVE YEARS OF PASSION FOR CYCLING1893 in Milan, near Porta Romana, the year when Carlo Borghi founded Olympia. Olympia is the second oldest Italian bicycle manufacturer still making bikes today (Bianchi dates from1885). At the start it wasn’t just bikes, but also motorbikes, followed by Borghi’s passion and energy dedicated to cycling. Wearing the Olympia shirts, white with a black stripe, Enrico Mollo, reached second place in the Giro d’Italia (1940) and Pietro Chiappini wins the Milan-Turin race (1941). Frame builder Augusto Daniele built their Competizione model, which was equipped with the top Campagnolo components. It featured carefully filed lugs, excellent torch work, short, upright geometry and a variety of bottom bracket cut-outs. Visually, it was distinguished by its long chromed, concave seat stay caps. The three top models (Comp, Special Piuma & Sprint Junior) had an unusual, fragile pearlescent finish. Unlike modern finishes, it used natural pearl essence, as found in nail polish, instead of metal or mica flakes. These bikes were antique white through the early 70s, then other base colors were used under the pearl (yellow, copper, blue and possibly others). By the late 70s, the hand painted head badge and natural pearlescent paint were gone, replaced by a decal and a more prosaic (and durable) top coat. The quality of the frames remained very high, however. In 1960 the brand passes into the hands of the Fontana family, who transfers production to the Veneto region.
Note: According to § 19 (german) UStG no sales tax will be charged.