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Merlin 'L'Internationale' - 1946

Submitted by Bob Freeman



 Merlin 'L'Internationale' 1946 frame no. 018197 (poss.013197); seat tube 22", top tube 23", chainstays 16½", wheelbase 40½"
Bayliss-Wiley 32/40 with Dunlop special Lightweight rims 26 x 1¼" and Michelin tyres.
Huret wingnuts
Chainset Duprat fluted steel cottered 46T
Pedals Lyotard
Gears  Single-speed fixed 16/20T
Brakes GB
Stem/Bars GB alloy girder stem with Merlin Triumph bars
Saddle  Brooks B15N laced
Extra details  Apex pump and Bluemels Popular mudguards.
Purchased from UK in 2006 and restored here in our paint shop

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Three stages of restoration:
Left: Original head
Centre: Damaged original transfer
Right: Restored paintwork with reproduced headbadge

Reproduction transfer on down tube

Delicate lugwork, especially considering that this frame is listed as 1946

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Three frame details including rear end with frame number 018197 or possibly 013197

1940 Merlin catalogue (page 4) showing L'Internationale