Re: [CR] any idea why this 1970s Motobecane went for over $1500??

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Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 13:24:38 -0500
From: Tom Hayes <>
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Subject: Re: [CR] any idea why this 1970s Motobecane went for over $1500??


I too had followed that auction and found it odd--terrific for the selleer--that the bike had sold so high. There was another (I do not have the reference for it, however) equally equipped and of comparable condition Gran Record (I think, even the same color scheme) that ran simultaneous to the one you cite that sold for less than half.

Regardless of theories, regardless of strategies, regardless of pricing, Ebay is only predictable in so far as it is unpredictable.


Tom Hayes Chagrin Falls, Ohio USA

On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 11:10 AM, Via Bicycle <> wrote:
> ebay auction-
> or item #180430263984
> just a stock 1970s Moto. nothing special. it is clean, and has been
> cleaned. but there is nothing special about it? we have 2 here at the
> shop right now.
> I was shocked when I saw it on Ebay at $900, but even more atontished at
> $1500+.
> Funny seeing "more desirable" bikes sell for a lot less. I am kind of
> weary to put a couplejack taylors on Ebay now, seeing that there is
> more demand for bike boom era mass produced bikes, then custom or
> semicustom bikes. Let me comb the rafters for Gitanes and the like.
> joel flood
> philadelphia, PA
> _______________________________________________

Tom Hayes
Chagrin Falls, Ohio