Re: [CR]Bianchi Folgore on eBay

(Example: Production Builders:Tonard)

Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004 12:55:39 -0700
From: "Kurt Sperry" <haxixe@gmail.com>
To: "bikerdaver@aol.com" <bikerdaver@aol.com>
Subject: Re: [CR]Bianchi Folgore on eBay
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> Jerry-
> While I knew that the final price was out of my range, I thought that the
> decals--like on the down tube--were not an accurate restoration, plus the plastic
> Silca pump. I didn't think it was around in the 40s. But then again, I am by
> no means an expert on these bikes.
> cheers-
> Dave Anderson

Given the extensive photo documentation, the fact that the graphics seem to have been deliberately excluded from any of the close-ups might indicate that there's something to that.

If one wants a desirable Bianchi of that era that looks pretty, it seems that restorations are pretty much all there is. Very few (perhaps none!) seem to have survived in very good or better original condition. The Italian restorations I've seen on *bay don't generally seem as compulsively correct as ones done by or for listmembers in the US.

Kurt Sperry
Bellingham WA