I think that the desirability of these bikes doesn't really lie in the minute details of craftsmanship. I love good craftsmanship, but that's not the only draw in classic bikes. Sometimes we hunger after a bike because it was ridden by a famous or important racer, and we yearn to have a taste of what he dealt with. Sometimes we hunger for a Peugeot or other bike because the memories are part of our own past. Sometimes the bike has notable historical value (PX-10), or it's just a challenge to master the quirks of a different machine with a different pedigree or national origin. Is the 57 Chevy such a mechanical marvel or is it just an icon that demands the collector's attention?
Garth Libre in Miami Fl.