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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

This frame was hanging above the door in the Beretta Shop at VillaSanta Milano from 1942 until last year. The artigiano's 80-year-old son said it was never used, but was partially built because customer ordered it during WWII, but never picked it up. It includes an FM Beretta Headset and a Brampton BB. He said the Italians sometimes used British BBs during the war.
Frame measures 61 cm center-top seat tube/59.5 c-c.
Top Tube is 57.5 cm c-c.
Rear Axle Spacing 110x10mm. Front 100 mm.
Dropouts are chromed. Head Lugs are chromed and pinstriped.
As fotos show, only 1 scratch was touched up on top tube. The frame has a few scattered smaller scratches or scuffs throughout. Chrome on front of fork crown shows a chip and BB spindle end has a flake on the chrome. BB grease is very old and coagulated. Headset grease was equally old, but was disassembled for shipping.

2 comments:

Stephen said...

Wow! Where is the frame now? This feel like velo-archeology, but I really want to ride the bones! (Ouch. Sorry.)
How did you come across it? Details, please!
Stephen

Kool Bikes said...

I got it in Italy from a collector. It's now on (220246693913) ebay:
http://tinyurl.com/6olttv