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Macleans Super Eclipse 1956

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Frame Macleans Featherweight Super Eclipse 24"  -  Frame No. KD 213 - purchased 29.9.1956 - Reynolds 531 tubing -  Nervex Professional lugs - head and seat angles 72° - seat stays with fluted ends wrapped round lugs. Forks - oval to round with solid machined ends.
I have all the original paperwork, invoices, etc., relating to the purchase of this machine.
This Eclipse has the original paint-job with diamonds as specified by its original owner (a graphic designer) and cost £2.15s extra.
Wheels Weinmann 27” HP rims on Airlight large flange D/F hubs with 15/17 DB spokes
Chainset BSA  - fluted 5-pin steel cottered cranks - 44T BSA ring on Bayliss Wiley bottom bracket
Pedals Chater-Lea with Christophe toeclips and Binda straps
Gears Fixed-wheel 20T single
Brakes GB hiduminium with Superhood lever
Stem/Bars GB Spearpont alloy 4" (10cm) with GB ferruled Pelissier bars
Headset Brampton Alatet
Saddle Brooks B17 Narrow
Extras (Bluemels Club guards, black - when fitted) Bluemels Black pump. Note distinctive pump pegs on frame.

Macleans PU 1
Macleans PU 3
Macleans PU 2

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Above: gentle-curve on seatstay bridge

Left: GB alloy Spearpoint stem with GB 'Pelissier' bars with engraved ferrule

Above: Drive chain with BSA 5-pin steel cottered fluted cranks with BSA 44 x 1/8" chainring
and Chater-Lea pedals with Christophe clips and Binda straps

Copy of the Macleans catalogue used  by J Hawes to purchase this machine listed under Catalogues.  The 1956 catalogue lists the Eclipse but there is no mention of Super Eclipse - the invoice however is specific that the machine is Super Eclipse and the price was more than that for the Eclipse (taking account of the extra for the paintwork).  This frame was bought from Macleans and the components used by J Hawes to build it are listed below.

Paperwork relating to purchase
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Final invoice "For Insurance Purposes" including the estimated value of the list of components
Deposit on Super Eclipse frame set

Letter explaining cost of double diamond design £2.15s
Macleans 'Enquiry Form' for price quote

The hand-written list of component prices supplied by the owner J Hawes to Maclean for insurance valuation:
. Wheels £6;   2. Michelin Sports tyres £1 19s;   3. Fixed 15T & lock ring 2s 6d;   4. Track nuts 2s 4d;   5. Chain 9s 8d;   6. Black club guards 15s 6d;   7. S of F (South of France) bars 15s 6d;   8. 3½" extension GB 19s 6d;   9. B17N £2 7s 6d;   10. GB Brakes white cables £2;   11. Allez pedals £1 4s;   12. Toeclips and straps 10s 9d;   13. Pump 15" black 7s 9d;   14. Lamps black 8s 11d;   15. Alloy bell 2s 3d.

Final invoice for the frame

The complete bike was insured by the owner John Hawes with the London and Scottish Assurance Corporation Ltd.on 7th October 1956 using their 'Private Pedal Cycle Policy' through Macleans acting as agent.  First year's premium £1 5s. John Hawes occupation was given as artist and the value of the cycle as £45