FWIW....My just acquired 1965 Specialissima (the parts were never touched including the ribbed cable housing)...has an Ambrosio Champion bar and stem with Bianchi stamped on the stem. I am dating it at 65 because all the hub nuts say pat 65 except one that say 62. I am assuming they reached into the parts bin and that happened to come out. Edward Albert Chappaqua, NY
john barron- velostuf wrote:
> Yes, my '63 Specialissima came with Ambrosio Champion bars and stem-
> they were original to the bike.
>> They must have made that design for a long time though, no? Or did
>> bikeshops just have a long-lasting stock of them? I have seen it on so
>> many early 60s bikes. John Barron's '63 Bianchi Specialissima
>> (http://www.velostuf.com/specialissima.jpg) has one, and he is the
>> original owner. John, if you're listening, was that stem original in
>> '63? My '61 Specialissima has one but I don't know the provenance of
>> the stem.
>> Duane Kennard's '65 Specialissima has the Grand Prix Ambrosio.
> My educated guess is that the Ambrosio Champion dates from 1953 and gets
> its name from "The Campionissimo" Fausto Coppi's '53 Worlds road race
> win at Lugano.
> The Cinelli 1A came out in 1960 (Rome Olympics) with the allen stem bolt
> and the Ambrosio Gran-Prix with the allen stem bolt probably wasn't too
> far behind.
> It's important to remember that the very latest stuff wasn't always
> available on a large scale when first introduced.
>> Anyone else have info?
>> Chuck Schmidt
>> South Pasadena, Southern California
> John Barron