A little custom frame from 1967 which is, as usual, a little different from the normal build and with some nice touches. Recently on offer from the Vintage Bike Cave. It has respaced rear dropouts 125mm from the original 120mm.
The build is Reynolds 531, which will be double butted tubing, on Prugnat 62 short spearpoint lugs. The chainstay and seatstay bridges are both straight and the latter is reinforced. There is a full wrapover seatstay in need of some TLC. The Campagnolo front dropouts are beautifully faired into the blades, the rear Campagnolo dropouts are vertical, only the third example seen to date on a Major built frame, both have mudguard eyes and front and rear are chrome plated and have mudguard eyes. There are top tube rear brake cable guides and under BB cable guides which I suspect are later additions and possibly the Campagnolo lever bosses on the down tube too. The fork blades are round in a Cinelli style semi sloping fork crown.
When it is refinished we hope that the new owner will look at and consider the selection of mid 60’s original finish examples on the site!
Here is what VBC had to say:
RARE Major Nichols Reynolds 531 road frame with round steel forks, 125mm rear dropouts, they have been respaced out from the original 120mm, front dropouts are 100mm. This frame measures 50cm from BB to top of the sloping top tube, and the top tube measures 55cm c to c, so the tt is longer than the seat tube. The headtube length is 40mm and it is fitted with a headset in good condition, also fitted with a seat post clamp. The bottom bracket is British at 1.37 x 24. The dropouts are chrome and a little scratched but do not need rechroming. Marked MN 6744 on the bottom bracket. This is going to look great with a respray.