That would be my guess also. The Finest was positioned a Sport/Touring bike, while the Newest was promoted as a racing model. I wouldn't be surprised if at some point the Newest had a decal saying "Racing".
Jerry Moos Big Spring, Texas, USA
Michael Schmidt <email@example.com> wrote: Stephen,
The top bike in the Fuji line in 1972-73 was the Fuji Newest, then came the Finest. When I bought the Finest, that bike was white over chrome with black decals. The Newest was painted silver. The colors changed from year to year so it is possible it could be the Fuji Newest.
Mike Schmidt Stirling, NJ USA
On 6/28/08 6:43 PM, "Stephen James" wrote:
> Dear Listers, I have a few questions about an old frame I dug out of stor ag
> e. Yep, it's Japanese; but, when I bought it (c 1973-4), the dealer told m
> e it was the first year that Fuji tried to seriously compete with the Ita li
> an bike. The frame is not an S12s, nor a "Fuji Finest." The only decals o
> n the frame say "racing" (on the top , down and seat tubes). In addition ,
> the color is "midnight blue", but this was factory painted over a chromed f
> Does anyone have any information on this frame?
> Steve James
> BX, NYC