I'm not sure a repainted CA Masi with a Mario signatrue on the top tube is actually a "rare" bike. The factory would never put a Mario decal on a Masi, not to mention that the decal didn't exist during the early CA Masi period. Is it a "factory color and paint job"? Sounds like a Masi possibly repainted by Medici or someone else a while ago. Does this bike have Nervex lugs (Mod. 32) or investment cast?
La Mesa, CA
> Attention all listees living in or visiting the Kansas City area.
> The gents at Midwest Cyclery are the luckiest %$#&'s around! Someone walked
> in off the street wanting to sell a mid 70's Masi Gran Criterium. Bike is
> in tremendous shape, light blue, decals over 95% intact, all Campy Nuovo
> Record, 175 mm arms, absolutely gorgeous. Naturally they snapped it up.
> Talked to Jeremy at the shop who pulled it off the hangers for me to
> inspect. Yowza! They haven't decided whether to detail it and sell, or
> keep it as a museum piece. Stop in and take a gander.
> Extra details: Bike is a California model with Mario's signature on the
> left top tube. Brazeons are BB top cable guides, chainstay derailer cable
> guide and one set of bottle braze ons and that's all. No shifter bosses or
> brake cable guides. Lug work is super. Straight lever quick releases,
> bumpy campy shift levers, nutted brakes, low flange hubs, Martello (?) rims,
> NR pedals with strap loops, etc, etc.
> Tom Adams, chilly still in KC