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AGE / VALUE:   Bianchi Specialissima posted by: Ryan Fong on 12/11/2009 at 3:14:21 PM
I've got an old Bianchi Specialissima, I believe, but I'm trying to find-out more about it, including trying to date it. I think that it is probably a late 60's model. With the exception of the wheels, seat and chain, I believe it is all original. Markings on the down tube are barely visible, but it has a brass colored Bianchi shield with red on it. Campagnolo Gran Sport derailer, Ambrosio "Champion" handle bars, Universal Model No. 61 breaks. The number 160415 is stamped on the frame, just below the seatpost. What allows one to differentiate the model years? I believe my father acquired it used either in the late 60's or very early 70's.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bianchi Specialissimaposted by Ryan Fong on 12/11/2009 at 3:46:35 PM
Forgot to mention that the bike pump mount is on the down tube, rather than on the seat post tube. Bike is black with portions on seat post tube and near rear wheel unpainted. Lettering for Bianchi is in white, and there is a oval Campagnolo decal on seat post tube just below top tube with a yellow border that has lettering in it and Campagnolo in white on the blue background with its globe symbol. There is also a bigger Bianchi decal that has the Bianchi bird on it in a golden color and what appears to be Eduaro Bianchi across the middle of it. Same gold paint is used near lug joints. 5 gears on rear cluster ranging from 14 to 21 teeth. Chain rings on crank have 52 and 47 teeth, respectively.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bianchi Specialissimaposted by David on 12/14/2009 at 6:24:21 AM
I'm no Bianchi connoisseur, but see...
http://classicrendezvous.com/Italy/Bianchi/bianchi_main.htm
(& you might subscribe to the email list at classic rendezvous)
and try searching wooljersey.com for bianchi
Good luck.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bianchi Specialissimaposted by Monty Pinson on 12/19/2009 at 9:35:36 AM
If you will email me pics I can probably help with the identification of your bike. I have 3 Bianchi's - One each from the 50's, 60's, 70's and have done a considerable amount of research on the bikes. The Universal 61 brakes date it into the 60's atleast because the were issued in 1961 through the 70's, thus the nomenclature of Universal 61. It sounds more like possibly an early 70's model. Most Bianchi's have Specialissima next to the Bianchi downtube decal except I have seen some 70' models that did not. My email is montypinson@yahoo.com.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bianchi Specialissimaposted by Monty Pinson on 12/19/2009 at 9:37:25 AM
If you will email me pics I can probably help with the identification of your bike. I have 3 Bianchi's - One each from the 50's, 60's, 70's and have done a considerable amount of research on the bikes. The Universal 61 brakes date it into the 60's atleast because the were issued in 1961 through the 70's, thus the nomenclature of Universal 61. It sounds more like possibly an early 70's model. Most Bianchi's have Specialissima next to the Bianchi downtube decal except I have seen some 70' models that did not. My email is montypinson@yahoo.com.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bianchi Specialissimaposted by Robert Working on 1/26/2010 at 9:48:29 AM
I have a 61cm 1964 Specialissima which I purchased new. The serial number at the top front of the seat tube is 164053. I believe this indicates: 1 for Specialissima, 64 for 1964, 053 for frame sequence number.
I have upgraded the drive train to an Ultegra 9-speed triple but still have most of the original components except wheels. I rode this bike on the End-to-End (Land's End to John O' Groats) in the U.K. in 2006. It is awaiting restoration (the fork has a cracked steerer tube).
My email is rdworking@msn.com
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bianchi Specialissimaposted by Stephan Bianchi on 5/15/2010 at 10:51:40 PM
I concur with Robert that the second two numbers denote the year. I also have a Specialissima (60cm) purchased in '64 ser. no. 164145. I had a 160XXX that had the older brass badge, steel cranks with an integrated spider and 3-piece campy hubs. I'd prefer a 63cm with original parts, but the one I have now came as a frameset only.



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