When it comes to vintage bicycles, there are few colours as iconic as the famous "Bianchi Celeste". Forever associated with the epic victories of Fausto Coppi and Felice Gimondi, the Bianchi paintwork has become a legend of cycling history.
L'Eroica events are always packed with celeste bicycles; they are some of the most desirable bicycles in the world of vintage cycling. Their popularity at events like these goes to illustrate the prestige of Bianchi and the desirability of some of their finest models.
This Bianchi Specialissima Reparto Corse marks the pinnacle of Bianchi design, as ridden by the Piaggio cycling team of the period 1980-1984. 'Reparto Corse' refers to the racing division of Bianchi's headquarters, a team of designers and frame-builders who would invest countless hours into creating the fastest, finest and lightest bicycles in the world. Therefore, the model you see here is a very rare breed.
The proof for being produced by the Reparto Corse division comes from the pantographed 'B' on the lugs, the lack of chromed stays - a typical feature of production Bianchi's Reparto Corse exemplars - and the unique cut-out under the bottom bracket.
This frameset in particular is interesting because it comes with details which point to the classic Specialissima bikes of '83 as well as the Specialissimia X3 with its aero-shaped fork crown.
A full Campagnolo Super Record groupset with fine pantographs completes the bicycle, alongside 3ttt components and an exquisite ALMARC leather bar cover.
A simply stunning bicycle that would be as suitable for a collector as it would be for the Strade Bianche of L'Eroica.
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