1952 Frejus Sport Lusso joins the collection

This original and ‘unmolested’ Frejus ‘Sport Lusso’ model (luxury sport in English) has just recently arrived courtesy of her former owner Mario Erlotti of Milan. The production year of this Frejus has been dated to 1951/52 and is fitted with all of its original components with the exception perhaps of the saddle and the tires […]

Where are all the NOS Legnano bikes coming from? Are they for real or fake?

I have had many inquiries from readers about the large number of new-old-stock (nos) Legnano bikes that have been turning up for sale in recent years.  The question is, “Are they real or are they reproductions”?  Although I have hesitated to offer a definitive answer, I have generally believed them to be the real thing […]

Serial Number Update: The two numbers stamped on the seat lug are not serial numbers.

The two numbers stamped on the back or right side of the seat lug on Legnano frames produced after 1966 were not serial numbers and by no means should they be confused with ‘team bikes’ or representative of the year the frame was produced or the size of the frame. They also do not reference […]

1960 Mod.50 T.S. joins the collection

This very special and rare Mod.50 T.S. joins the Legnano Collection with my special thanks to Mario Erlotti of Albignano, Italy.  Mario was also responsible for the very fine 1950 Frejus Superleggera that joined the collection in June of 2016.  Mille grazie Mario! The Mod.50 was Legnano’s top-of-the-line ‘Sportivo’ model and there are several fine […]

Roma Olimpiade and the Gran Premio: What were the differences between the first and second tier road bikes?

I often receive inquiries regarding factory-correct components for both the Roma and Gran Premio road bikes that sat one-two respectively in the Legnano model hierarchy. I wasn’t far into this collection before I also became interested in what differentiated the two frames given that most of the detailing between the two is pretty much the […]