1972 Gran Premio

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This is one of the younger Legnanos in my collection, and it is a beautiful bike to be sure (click on the above photo for an enlarged image). It also came to me in its original condition, parts in tact and has not been repainted (note: the modern clip peddles were installed for an outing shortly before the above photo was taken).  One of the reasons that I wanted to add this Legnano to the collection is that the fenders were still with the bike.  As fenders fell out of fashion in the ‘weight saving’ seventies, they where often removed soon after the bike was purchased, hung up on a hook in the garage and eventually discarded or lost.  So to come across a vintage Legnano is such beautiful condition and with the fenders still in place was a real find.

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I have dated this Legnano to 1972 based on the serial number, the frame detailing and the Campagnolo components (crankset, hubs and rear derailleur). The frame sports the rectangular Legnano logo on the downtube in lieu of the older red and white oval shaped logo of the ’60s. The seat binder bolt has moved to the conventional location on the back of the seat lug, and the beautiful brass headbadge of Alberto da Giussano is replaced with a decal. And in response to changing tastes and greater competition, particularly in North America, this bike is painted jet black rather than the classic ‘lizard yellow’ color that branded Legnano road bikes for decades. This Legnano is also at the tail end of what most people consider to be the company’s golden years that coincides with the assassination of its founder Emilio Bozzi in 1974.

Here is a blueprint of the bike:

Model:   Gran Premio
Year:   1972
Color:  Black
Serial No:  32142 (left side of the seat tube just below the seat lug)
Frame Size:  56cm ctc
Total Weight:  12.08kg / 26.6lbs  (including pump)
Tubing:  Falck
Dropouts:  Campagnolo Record
Pump:  Silca Impero
Crankset:  Campagnolo Record (42/52) no date stamp on the arms
Bottom Bracket:  Campagnolo Record
Pedals:  Campagnolo Record 1037
Front Derailleur:  Campagnolo Record
Rear Derailleur:  Campagnolo Nuovo Record (1972)
Shifters:  Campagnolo Record
Freewheel:  Reginal Extra
Hubs: Campagnolo Record HF 36H
Rims:  Ambrosio clincher 700c x36 hole
Tires:  Deestone 700×28 wire bead gumwall (new replacement)
Handlebars and Stem:  3T
Headset:  Magistroni
Brakeset:  Universal Mod.61 Centerpull
Seat:  Brooks B17 Black (new replacement)
Seatpost:  Campagnolo Record

10 thoughts on “1972 Gran Premio

  1. I’m slowly restoring a Gran Premio from around the same time, possibly a little later but the seat clamp is in the front.

    I’m looking into decals at the moment to try and match what would have been there (they are all gone and the bike was repainted black at some stage).

    This paint / decal scheme seems to be the right fit. I’ve found decals for sale that look correct, but is there a drop shadow on the logo? It’s hard to tell from the image above.

    http://www.velocals.com/legnano-down-tube-decals-set-of-2/

    Thanks!

    • Well, if the seat clamp bolt is in the classic Legnano front position then your Gran Premio is probably from 1970 or earlier. And that being the case it did not use the style of decal in the ‘parallelogram’ frame but the older style that is in rounded or ‘rondel’ shape that you can see on my 1961 Gran Premio. This version is available on the Cyclomondo website.

  2. The original post is a 26.4 mm steel Italia unit. It was very short and had the typical pressed steel clamp. I replaced it with a Campy 26.4, unknown model.
    The original seat is also an Italia and even though it looks a little rough it may still be serviceable. I still have all of the original parts for the bike.
    The headset is branded Ofmega on the lock-ring. It is almost certainly a Campy knock off.

    • If it is the Gipiemme seat post that I am thinking of, it is a very nice piece and every bit as well made and designed as the Campy Record of the time. I really like the work that you did on this bike, replacing or upgrading the original parts with period correct components. We are both old enough to remember that this was a very commonplace practice in the day whether to improve the performance, personal preference or replace a worn or damaged part. Very nice Legnano!

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