>
Classic Lightweights UK
Readers' Bikes  
 

Claud Butler Super Torino -   c.1967

Owned by: Tim Williams

Claud Butler Super Torino 1



Frame
Claud Butler Super Torino frame No: 14935; c.1967; The frame is a restored (by Mercian)   22½" seat tube. 531DB throughout with Campag ends, Prugnat type 1 spearpoint lugs and RGF bottom bracket shell. Wrap over-seat stays and curved bridge. Partially chromed stays and fork (fork re-chromed). Original braze-ons included cable guides for bar-end shifters, divers helmets and centre-pull hanger. As a result of a crack, the downtube has been replaced, adding a pip rather than guides (a period option). Original colour was purple and gold but this was changed to Italia colour scheme matching the image in the CB catalogue of 1967.
Wheels
Campag Nuovo-Tipo hubs 32 – 40 laced to Mavic G40 rims (temporary). I have various period hubs and rims including Weinman wood insert sprint rims, but I’m damned if I can commit to a combination that makes sense.
Chainset TA 5pin with Criterium 52-44 rings. Stronglight BB and TDC lock-ring
Pedals Atom quill with button dust caps. GB professional SS toe clips (original locking nuts) with Christophe (zefal) straps.
Gears Campag Nuovo Record ‘patent only’ derailleur and large body cable stop front mech. Regina block.
Brakes Mafac Dural Forge
Stem/Bars 3 ttt Record and Ambrosio S41 (temp). I have a Cinelli badged stem that needs new chrome and would like to find a suitable set of bars.
Headset This is a combination of Brampton TDC new parts that add up to be an excellent abomination. To make things worse, it has a lock-nut of unknown origin. Anyway, TDC Italia in the re-chrome box.
Saddle New Brooks B17 Champion Special in green (how could I resist) and Lambert twin-bolt.
Extra details Silca Impero pump and Blumels All-Rounder mudguards.

There are discrepancies in calling this a ‘Super’ in that it does not have re-enforced  bridge or integral sloping crown. However, the advertised upgrade from Torino to Super Torino emphasises chrome, bar-end shifters option and brazed hanger as well as sloping crown and stronger bridge. My inclination is to believe that this is a very early Super. As many of you will know, this is a clone of the Holdsworth Super Mistral, also to be seen on this site. The bike was bought by my Father in the mid 70s and my brother managed to crack it on its first outing to a local ten. It hung in a shed for 3 decades before I rescued it. I was also born in 1967.

Claud Butler Super Torino 2
Claud Butler Super Torino 3
Above: Super Torino characteristics: Prugnat seat lug' C/P brake bridge and decals

Left: Another view showing the distictive 'Super Torino' paint job matching that in advert below

Claud Butler Super Torino 6
Claud Butler Super Torino 7
Original colour scheme before respray

Claud Butler Super Torino 5
Detail of crack in down tube which was replaced by Mercian