As usual, Joe's brain is not too shabby. The Ace appeared in '74, '75 & '76 US catalogs, then was gone for decades. It was below the Newest and above the Finest, equipeed with early/1st gen Dura-Ace.. The '74 catalog pic shows a garish orange frame, which I suspect is a Japan-market pic. '75-'76 show a honey beige/bronze paint, which was called "Ace Brown" on the S12-S Ltd, after the Ace was dropped.
The '70s upper-end line as shown in US catalogs looks like this:
'72-'73: Newest/Finest '74-'75: Newest/Ace/Finest '76: Professional/Newest/Ace/Finest '77-'80: Professional/Newest/Finest
I kind of remember seeing a '70s Ace frame once, but never saw a complete bike. None of these bikes turn up too often these days.
On 15 Mar 2003 20:44:27 -0600, "Jim Plaugher" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>I am a lurker and have been commuting on an off topic bike for the last 15
>years. I am interested in getting a fair weather road bike together, and
>the PX10E a friend gave me , is the start to this project. it will also be
>the subject of a future email.
>This friend remembers fondly Fuji's first bike with Dura Ace. Any one
>know if it was 1975 or 76? Are these around? Anyone have a medium size Fuji
>Ace for sale or trade?
>Iowa City IA
Paul C. Brodek
Hillsdale, N.J. U.S.A.