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Pennine Italia - 1964

Owned by: Peter Underwood

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Frame 24” Pennine Italia – frame number 4123.  23” top tube, 17½” chainstays; braze-ons - mounting for Pennine compressed-air inflator to rear of seat tube, single gear lever boss down tube, tunnel BB and cable eye on top of chainstay, brake cable eyes under top tube on R H side; Campag ends front and rear with long drop-out; seatstays wrapped over at seat lug; chrome forks oval to round.  Frame finished silver with red/white/blue seat tube panel; lugs lined red; (Painted by Mario Vaz) chrome rear ends  
Wheels Campagnolo large-flange hubs, quick-release 36/36 on Weinmann Concave 700 HP rims,  15 - 28T freewheel
Chainset Stronglight 49 cotterless with TA rings 46/36 - outer ring drilled
Pedals Lyotard platform pedals with Christophe (leather bound) clips and straps
Gears Campagnolo  Record rear changer to brazed-on lever on downtube, Campagnolo front changer to handlebar-end changer
Brakes Weinmann 730 drilled side-pull with Weinmann drilled levers
Stem/Bars Il Primo 4” steel stem with alloy Maes bars
Headset TA Professional
Saddle Brooks B15 narrow on Campagnolo alloy twin-bolt seat-pin
Extra details For sentimental reasons connected with my teenage years I had always wanted a Whitaker and Mapplebeck frame but nothing came my way.  In the 1950s W & M became Pennine when Whitaker left the company so this Italia is filling the gap. There is an article on W & M included in 'Classic Frame Builders'
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Many Pennines had the lug lining on the top edge of the lug rather than as here in the angle between lug and tube
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Drive chain showing the Nuovo Record rear changer changed by the braze-on down tube lever, the Stronglight 49 cranks with 36/46 TA rings and the front changer which is operated by a bar-end control


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Weinmann drilled lever with red highlights in
top seven blank holes
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Stronglight cranks now highlighted in red with drilled and
milled TA chainring

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Close-up of Pennine CO2 pump mounted on special boss on rear of seat tube

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Left: Seat cluster showing braze-on clip for Pennine air pump

Above: Il Primo badged stem

Right: Original art work on top of seat stay - sadly lost during respray - it is hoped to get this work reproduced
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Outer TA ring drilled and milled
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Front Weinmann drilled

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Front end showing Il Primo stem with Maes bars, drilled Weinmann levers
Braze-on down tube changer for rear derailleur and bar-end for front
Red lug lining on top edge of lugs