[CR]eBay Holdsworth Questions

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From: Eric Elman <tr4play@cox.net>
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Subject: [CR]eBay Holdsworth Questions
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 10:26:20 -0500

Hello List,

The Holdsworth frame which I have listed on ebay (120352861564) has raised a few questions from one ebay member in particular. He writes, respecfully:

Hello again, After further research, this appears to be a Bob Jackson produced Merlin. The serial number is formatted as a Jackson, and not at all like a Holdsworth, even considering known variances. See current e-bay listing number 270319751498 for a BJ Merlin fastback. There should be a brazed on rear brake bridge, and the seat lug taper is different from the Holdsworth. The wheelbase is not correct for a Super Mistral, probably owing to the front fork. It has no eyelets as on rear, and may be fom a Holdsworth Pro. This is a very interesting and vintage British frame, but not what I believed it to be. I must respectfully retract my bid.

The frame and fork are both stamped "412" while the frame has a secondary stamp of "2259." This would indicate to me the fork is original to the bike despite the difference in eyelets. The only reference I can find regarding wheelbase is the 1963 Mistral having a 41" wheelbase but certainly it could have been shortened up by the 1970's as most all builders were doing.

Either way, I would be most appreciative of any comments or points for me and potential buyers to be aware of.

I have updated my listing accordingly but may need to cancel it depending on further feedback from this list.

Thanks in advance,

Eric 'do not want to decieve' Elman