Bianchi Centenario – 1985 Limited Edition – 54cm – No. 377/1500
Fellini, Ferrari, Campari, Caruso...the most legendary of Italian icons need but one name to represent their embodiment of unmistakable style and unsurpassed excellence, and the esteemed bicycle builder Bianchi is no different. Their 1985 Centenario showed them at the height of their creative powers…a landmark achievement in cycling literally 100 years in the making.
While Magnum, P.I. and his moustache were behind the wheel of a red 308 GTSi QV, this bicycle, accented in trademark Celeste green, was rolling off the Bianchi line, marking the centennial celebration of 21-year-old Edoardo Bianchi’s beginning in the cycling industry at his little workshop at Via Nirone 7, Milan. Italy’s racing heritage and Bianchi bicycles came to be inextricably linked, with the victories of Fausto Coppi, Felice Gimondi, and Marco Pantani (to name but a few) all taking place astride Edoardo’s steel steeds.
To celebrate the first 100 years of their proud history—with undeniable Italian flair—Bianchi produced the limited edition Centenario, and this is No. 377 of just 1500 made. The Columbus SLX frame was developed from the previous Bianchi Specialissima X3, and our No. 377 was given a full refurbishment in a typical "Bianchi Celeste" and fitted with first-generation Campagnolo C-Record parts with "Bianchi Centenario" engravings, 3ttt cockpit and Mavic S.S.C. rims. An original Almarc handlebar cover gives the finishing touch to this bicycle, emphasizing this very unique build. Just as pictures show.
Finding a Bianchi Centenario? Hard. A bicycle for true connoisseurs.