I love that bike! If I could afford it, I'd be on the phone right now to enquire as to price. Now I am not quite so sure just why they are so much in demand. Other wonderful bikes sell for considerably less. Rarity does not really explain it, either. There were 135 Confentes built.there were 75 Wizards. The ride on my Wizard is superb.the workmanship is at least the equal, as far as I can tell. I have had the chance to see some wonderful Confentes in the flesh and I doubt that I have judged them too harshly. They are wonderful. But so are lots of other bikes.
There are something like fads that sweep the Art World. 75 years ago many of us might have been able to afford a Van Gogh, 25 years ago there are some 20th artists that we might have afforded but now reach 7 figures at auction. More rarely someone who was hot in art or music cools down, too.
My hunch is that something like this fad thing is at work on Confentes. This is in no way a knock on them.I love them and would love to own one. Whether they are really worth 5 times as much as, say, a top level Wizard or Rotrax is another matter.I do believe they will hold their value, however. Does this mean other top level bikes are under valued? I suspect so.
Lansing, Mi USA