Classic Lightweights UK
Hetchins Magnum Opus - 1950
Owned by: Hugo Vanneck
I bought this as a frameset on ebay from Alexander von Tutschek and now feel I couldn't have done better. The frame is a delight to look at and ride (almost every day) and the seller has been both kind and helpful since the purchase.
The frame is interesting. It's one of seventeen 1st generation MOs known to still exist and at 24½" probably the biggest. But more interesting to me is that the crossbar is off-straight by about 1mm at the centre and that it must have left the factory like that as everything else is properly aligned and the machine rides perfectly straight. Built up, the curve is unnoticeable to the eye but I know and I like it a lot. The lug work is simply beautiful and must have taken ages of filing to get the edges so thinned and smooth. They are a delight to run your fingers over.
The paint isn't original and is now about 20 years old. It was a good job and is in very good condition with just a little lifting around the seat post bolt, the dropouts and around the front brake mounting hole. Strangely, the down tube transfer was applied off centre and is incomplete, lacking the pointed parts above and below the Hs. Perhaps they had trouble when applying it.
Since acquiring the frame it has worn a variety of components and the build is still in transition. Presently, it is equipped thus:
Details of lugwork on this 1950 Hetchins Magnum Opus
H.R. Morris, lugged steel stem/bars with built-in brake levers,
made for his daughter's machine, obtained from AVT.
Handlebar grips are Shockstop repros obtained from Hilary Stone.
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