A very elegant and individual MN frame. Major must have taken serious persuasion to show his craftmanship with hand cut and refined Nervex Legere Lugs, spearhead shaped topeyes and then to add all that chrome!
Built in 531DB tubing, chromed lugs, chromed Milremo semi-sloping fork crown and chromed half forks, seat and chain stays.
She has a curved seatstay bridge and a straight chainstay bridge and the fine pencil seat stays have a nice spearhead shaped topeye as yet unique in our collection, faired beautifully into the seatclamp lug which shows off the Nervex degree numbers. The dropouts are the long Campgnolo pattern and have mudguard eyes. The bike is intended for bar end shifters and has stops on the downtube and guides on the BB and a chainstay adjuster peg. There are rear brake cable stops at 4 o’clock on the O/S of the TT.
The frame is finished in a light blue flamboyant single colour and very finely lug-lined in yellow. The transfers used are the usual Reform Street head and seat tube examples and the deco Major Nichols down tube transfer in almost perfect condition. There is a remnant of the 531 butted transfer at the top of the ST. The seat tube has two sets of three black edged gold bands to frame the Reform St Flags and Shield transfer. The forks have the knight’s head, shield and autograph transfer, usually confirming a fine frame and forks. The topeye decoration of red lines with yellow panels is unique to this frame but in keeping with similar examples of line and panel use through his long career.
A good selection of original equipment which includes early Weinmann 730 caliper brakes, a choice Duprat chainset with TA rings,a Campagnolo Gransport and ‘matchbox’ Derailleurs, some original ribbed outer cable and a tasty Magistroni head clip headset. Jeremy has sourced some nice Mavic on Campagnolo wheels to finish the elegant picture.
It is rumoured to have raced in the Paris Roubaix………