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
||Holdsworth “Allez” alloy
||Osgear original 5-Speed. Front Simplex Competition rod-changer (1st year they were produced).
||C L B
||Holdsworth fancy lugged stem. South of France bars
||Brooks B17 Champion Narrow
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