The Colnago serial number database…..
This is just what I discovered by trying to research online…
the following quote from a ’73 Colnago Super restorer …
“Early Colnago’s can be a bit difficult to determine their exact age because they didn’t use serial numbers. At most they would have a size stamped on a drop out and steer-er tube.”
The earliest presumed date of Colnago incorporating a serial number onto frames is mentioned by Chuck Schmidt, author of the Velo Retro site…
“Serial numbering only started for Colnago on USA-bound bikes when the CPSC started requiring tracking, etc. West Coast Cycles was importing Colnago at the time and the serial numbers started for their product. There is still no way to find manufacturing date by the numbers, except that they are 1979 or later….”
Chuck is also the author of the Colnago Super Timeline , from 1968 – 1983 , and here there is no mention of factory stamped serial numbers.
Here’s some examples of Colnago bottom bracket shells, with the brand’s stamp and clover cut out, but no serial numbers…
On later steel models,like the Master Olympic,
the Spiral Conic slx..
and the Tecnos..
the number can be located on the drive side rear drop out and inquiries to the factory can be fruitful in exact dating, but as yet . this information is not accessible directly online.
Another ”bay watch” find, this beautifully restored Cinelli laser Pista..
never built up by the owner, and with a reasonable starting price ,
it would be an interesting sale to watch, given the stratospheric price the Antonio Colombo signed Cinelli Laser Pista made at the recent Sothebys Red sale..
A recent “bay watch” trawl saw this beauty for sale..
fully restored by Alberto Masi in Milano, this picture is fantastic provenance…
more details here.