Re: [CR]Time Line Question-Turbo Saddle 1983-4

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From: "Chuck Schmidt" <chuckschmidt@earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: [CR]Time Line Question-Turbo Saddle 1983-4
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2007 15:10:13 -0700
To: Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>


On Jun 2, 2007, at 1:49 PM, gholl@optonline.net wrote:
> Thanks for this image reference, but I suspect it's not of the
> 1983-4 Turbo. I may well be wrong, but I think that the Turbo in
> the 1983-4 time frame had a fine gold colored metal nose band and
> two rear metal plates.
> George Hollenberg MD
> CT, USA

That would be the "Turbo Special"... I have one on an early Italian- made Masi Volumetrica.

Verbal description: Black, textured leather (sort of wood grain pattern), gold(?) plated nose band with stamped lettering "Turbo Special" filled with red paint and two separate gold(?) plated plates in back with stamped lettering "Turbo" filled with red paint. The saddle rails are also gold(?) plated. The "Turbo" is a copy of the Porsche Turbo logotype.

I'm pretty sure there is a manufacturing date code device (wheel shape with months and years segments) on the bottom of the shell but I'd have to remove the saddle to check the date. I installed the saddle on the bike in the middle 1980s (1984/5).

(George you should include your city in your sign-off to make Dale happy.)

Chuck Schmidt
South Pasadena, CA USA
http://www.velo-retro.com (reprints, t-shirts & timelines)