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Macleans Super Eclipse 1956Owned by
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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The hand-written list of component prices supplied by the owner J Hawes to Maclean for insurance valuation:
1. 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
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