Steve, judging by the color of the parts, I believe they have been chrome plated! It's possible to chrome plate over aluminum and ICS of Switzerland offered Campagnolo groups with either chrome and gold plating in the 1980s.
Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern California
Stephen Barner wrote:
> Holy cats! I know that some of my students could get the components to
> shine like that using the chrome filter in Photoshop, but someone spent some
> serious time at the buffer with those parts! I think what you're seeing is
> a whole lot of Euros for a whole lot of shine.
> --Steve Barner, who wouldn't want to have to keep parts looking that good in
> Bolton, Vermont
> ----- Original Message -----
> > Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004 18:34:32 +0000
> > From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org (Classic Rendezvous)
> > Subject: [CR]Record high price for European ebay?
> > I thought that my snipe bid of 800 euros might go somewhere with this Eddy
> Merckx bike, but as you can see, it didn't even register. I know this bike
> was interesting, but can somebody explain the final price of over $2800 for
> a 1983 Merckx bike? It has a 50th anniversary front derailleur and pedals,
> Campagnolo freewheel, and either highly polished or as per the description
> chromed parts.
> > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5128392937
> > --
> > Steven Maasland
> > Moorestown, NJ