Robin’s Major Nichols Built Wilson Italia 24”
Major built a good number of an Italia model for Wilsons of Sheffield and Birmingham (latterly just Birmingham) to order, customised for Wilson’s client and which he then finished and affixed Wilson Transfers. To date we know three.
I suspect it is essentially the same as his own Italia design and we know that they ride exceptionally well.
This is no exception but it is not in the normal Wilson livery of ruby red with white panels but in an ice blue with a ruby flam head panel.
Prugnat short spearpoint lugs built on Reynolds 531 DB tubing. A full wrapover seatstay with MN double fishtail motif, curved seatstay bridge, straight chainstay bridge, typical of the model, and a centrepull bridge. Campagnolo dropouts with mudguard eyes. The typical Italia style forks are on a semi-sloping fork crown which needs further identification.
The braze-ons are consistent with a serious club rider, seat tube pump pegs,top tube cable guide/stops at 4 o’clock offside, rear derailleur guide and stop. There is a lamp boss on the off side fork blade.
The original finish in an ice blue with a flam ruby red and white motif and lining are in great condition.
The frame number is similar to an early 60’s example and the punches are right. The number appears to coincide with a Shop record but a little jumbled and in two parts.
Here is an edited piece from Robin:
‘My Wilson Italia is size 24″. Nichols built frame!
All mid 60s Campag Record Equipment. Brooks saddle. Mavic 27″ rims.
Original paint and graphics , Wilson Cycles on down tube. Wilsons of Birmingham and Sheffield on Head and seat tubes.
Major Has 2 x numbers stamped on the BB shell – 1 . 65 (yes, with dot after 1), and on the other side – 64 6
If you know anyone who wants it price is £350.00 firm. It rides beautifully, in fact I think better than my other Major Nichols.’
Major Nichols art works
Mark has painted two pictures using Major Nichols as inspiration. You can view these and the rest of his work on his website: