I thought it would be interesting to post a weekly highlight from time to time of an interesting Legnano that is listed in the serial number archive. In this case a 1951 Tipo Roma (serial no. CT4916), the model that became the Roma Olimpiade following Ercole Baldini’s gold medal at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. This absolutely original Roma came up for sale on eBay in August of 2015 and I now regret not buying it however the ‘bike bank’ as I call it had just completed another purchase and need to recoup.
One of the interesting details on this Roma are the Campagnolo rear droupouts that are reinforced around the axle adjusting/stop screws. You don’t see those very often and I am not sure when they retooled or changed the rear lugs and dropped this reinforcing detail. The downtube decal also features the world championship colour bands linking the two Legnano word marks. This decal seems to have come into use on the Tipo Roma in the mid to late 40’s and may have come to an end with the aforementioned model renaming to the Roma Olimpiade in 1956.
It’s extremely rare to come across a Legnano, or any of the great Italian marques, that has remained for 65 years without modification. Enjoy.