If I recall correctly, this will be one of the units Eisentraut built, but was repainted and sold in 1978. "A78" indicates first quarter of 1978. I don't recall what the trailing "A" was meant to indicate.
Remember that Faliero Masi measured his bikes from center to top. If the seller measured the bike from center to center he should have seen 59.5cm or thereabouts...
Not llikely to have been built in 1976!
David Goerndt wrote:
> There was a Masi on ebay that sold recently and I was wondering about the
> serial number. I email the seller and he sent me the numbers as: A7827A
> MC61. The description listed the bike as a 59cm frame and a 1976 built bike.
> The serial number indicates a 61cm frame and a 1978 build date. I was
> wondering about the "A" at the end of the number, any ideas? I decided not
> to bid because the size was too large and the dates didn't match.
> David Goerndt