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Holdsworth La Quelda - 1949

Owned by: Richard Hoddinott


1949 Holdsworth La Quelda; seat tube 23½”;  Reynolds 531 tubing Bonderised.  Original chrome and enamel.  Oversized top-tube.
27” Constrictor Asp rims.  Rear Bayliss Wiley large-flange unit gear hub.  Front Harden large-flange
Chainset Gnutti Double
Pedals Holdsworth “Allez” alloy
Gears Osgear original 5-Speed.  Front Simplex Competition rod-changer (1st year they were produced).
Brakes C L B
Stem/Bars Holdsworth fancy lugged stem.  South of France bars
Saddle Brooks B17 Champion Narrow
Extra details Discovered in the garage of the original owner, Dennis Harber from Swindon in exceptional original condition.  After Dennis died his son, James passed the bike on.  The frame was purchased directly from Holdsworth and many of the components were bought at Kanes Cycle Shop in Fleet Street, Swindon.  

At the time, Dennis was an apprentice at the Great Western Railway in Swindon and James remembers his dad talk about the huge effort it required to put together a bike of this calibre in post-war Briton.

The frames finish is wonderful (Oxford Blue and Chrome) and all the original components are bedded in perfectly.   Shown below are a couple of photographs of Dennis with the Holdsworth.  In one, he appears to be warming up for a race at an airfield; whilst the other lets us glimpse back for a moment to the pride and pleasure Dennis must have felt to have owned such a beautiful machine.

Dennis Harber, original owner, with the Holdsworth

Dennis, on Holdsworth; warming up on an airfield circuit

Drive with Gnutti chainset, Osgear and Simplex front changer

Front view showing sweep of South of France bars