Item 120035997791 a 1940/early 50s La Perle road bike has just finished on French Ebay.
These bikes are very rare. and they are usually very elegant..the Ebay one being very attractive. although battle scarred.
I saw it come on Ebay..popped into "My Ebay" and sat back to watch the Japanese swarm round it. I had assumed that there would be a last half-hour mad rush of bids..but they never materialised. I had to be out tonight but expected to be back to watch the last few bids and get a couple in for myself, without much hope of actually winning. Turned out that I got back home just after it finished..and no one had bid for two days..so the whole thing went for 100 euros..and although the equipement wasn't all original, it had a Prior front hub, Nervar/simplex chainset, Lam brakes, an interesting Simplex front mech, decent bars and stem..and of course a n interesting frame.
The headbadge was missing but a NOS one was for sale on another French ebay site earlier this week and was sold for about 3 euros.
I'm really mad at myself about this, as La Perle is one of the very few classic (in T-d-F terms) frames that I still do not have in the collection. And..to make matters worse, it was very close to my route through France and I could have collected it.
later this week..but I shall be in France without a computer...there is an interesting DELANGLE coming up ...
Norris Lockley...definitely losing the plot..Settle UK