This Legnano Mod.02 ‘Condorino’ was acquired in August of 2015 from Christian Panizzon of Torino, Italy. As is usually the case, the completely original and overall good condition is what attracted me to this bike. The absence of serious corrosion, the condition of the saddle, the original pump and working dynamo light all suggest that this bike was most likely stored inside and well looked after for the past 50+ years. The bike is dated to 1962 based on the serial number (FD2202) and the ’62’ stamped on the inside face of the crank arms.
The Mod.02 Sportivo was a mid-level model in Legnano’s Condorino lineup at the time. Unlike the Mod.50 Sportivo that was positioned at the top of the line, the Mod.02 did not have the chrome plated rear stays, head lugs or chain guard. The Mod.02 had 3 gears rather than 4. And the hubs were from Way-Assauto rather than from the Campagnolo Sport group. You can also see that the Mod.02 bears an enamelled head badge rather than the more familiar brass head badge of the high end models. The Condorino handlebars also show a little less finesse than those on the Mod.50 Sportivo. All in all, a little bit of fashion and a little bit of substance separated the two Condorino models.
The Legnano catalog of the time states that the Mod.02 came in five, non-transparent colours including: Grigio (muted light grey as shown on this bike), Amaranto (a plum red colour most likely the same as what is used on the head tube of this bike), Cobalto (bright blue), Primavera (aloe vera green) and Verde (pale muted green). I have no plans at the present to refinish this bike however I may have Velocolour give the frame and fenders a very light clear coat to preserve the original finish when it is fully disassembled. At the present time, the bike has been completely dismantled and all of the components are getting a good cleaning, packing and polishing before it all gets put back together.
Here’s a blueprint of the bike as it arrived in August 2015 from it previous owner Christian Panizzon of Torino, Italy.
Model: Mod.04 Sportivo ‘Condorino’
Serial No: FD2202
Frame Size: 56cm (ctc), 58cm (ctt)
Crankset: Way-Assauto for Legnano (48T)
Bottom Bracket: Way-Assauto
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Sport
Shifter: Campagnolo Gran Sport (braze on)
Freewheel: Way-Assauto (17-19-21)
Chain: Regina Extra
Hubs: Way-Assauto 36h low flange
Rims: Alfa 28 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/4
Tires: Pirelli Stella 28 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/4 – 700 x 32
Stem & Handlebars: Varese ‘Condorino’
Brake Callipers: Universal
Front Light & Dynamo: Faos (Puglioli SpA)
Rear Light: Legnano
Bell: Legnano per E.Bozzi SpA
Changes made in minor restoration as of July 2016.
Pedals: Way-Assauto (WAS) nos
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Gran Sport
Seat: Brooks B17
Seatpost: Campagnolo Gran Sport 26,4mm
Rims: Beretta 28 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/4 nos (wheels rebuilt)
Handlebar Grips: REG nos