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Benotto Model 3000 - 1979

Owned by: Malcolm Summers

Benotto 1

I obtained this frame in February 2007 and is an all original Model 3000 as portrayed in the catalogue. It is a classic Italian masterpiece built from Columbus SL tubing by master craftsmen using investment cast lugs, bottom bracket and fork crown and built with low-temperature silver-bronze solder to maintain frame strength.  Diamond chainstays to maintain a rigid rear triangle. This model was used professionally on the Paris/Roubaix race by Francesco Moser, etc.  It is a rare and special frame as denoted by the unique serial number and the special finish.

The frame was originally finished in chrome with a gold laquer finish (see image below) and it was refurbished by Atlantic Boulevard in Bury.  As it would have been too expensive to replate and re-laquer they finished the frame as near as possible to the original with paint. The bike is now for sale, contact:  malcolm.summers@tiscali.co.uk  for details.


Frame Benotto Model 3000 - 1979, frame numbers under BB - 1-81-57 and 1-23-79; seat tube 57cm; Columbus SL tubing; investment cast lugs and bottom bracket (heart-shaped cutout); Campagnolo micro-adjustable dropouts; braze-on cable guides; Benotto engraved fork crown and seat stays. Forks with Helicol steering column and blade stiffeners.
Wheels Campagnolo Record rims on Super Record Hubs fitted with Clement Strada tubular tyres
Chainset Campagnolo Super Record
Pedals Lyotard platform pedals with Christophe straps (Am looking for a reasonably-priced set of Campagnolo Super Record pedals for authencity)
Gears Campagnolo Super Record rear and front changers with Campagnolo Super Record 6-speed titanium freewheel - Regina Oro perforated chain
Brakes Modolo Professional
Stem/Bars Cinelli 1R with Benetto pantograph on stem
Headset Campagnolo Super Record
Saddle Cinelli Unicantor
Extra details Total weight of machines 19.5lbs (9 kilos)

Benotto 2

Below is the frame in its original livery of gold laquer over chrome
Benotto 3