Certainly one of the most typical classic bicycles you will find in many serious collections: the Alberto Masi Prestige is a true masterpiece by the famous frame builder from Milan.
Produced between 1975 and late 1980s, the Prestige is a sought after piece of cycling history. It was the first model, Alberto Masi designed on his own. It was meant to be a slightly modernised version of the Gran Criterium which was his father Faliero's masterpiece. This exemplar dates back to Feburary 1984 and sports a lovely ivory pearl paintjob.
The frameset is most likely made of Columbus tubes (Masi never disclosed which tubes he actually used to manufacture his frames) and shows many refined details and a perfectly fine lugging, very typical for each Masi bicycle.
This suberb frame is married to a legendary groupset - the Campagnolo 50th anniverary.
In 1983, 50 years after the founding of the company, its anniversary was celebrated by producing a special limited groupset. After an initial batch of 5000 pieces was quickly sold out, Campagnolo decided to make some 10000 more. These groupsets proved to be very popular. Even today the 50th anniversary parts are considered some of the finest for vintage bikes. When mounted on a bike, they immediately turn it into a proper show piece.
But our Masi does not only look amazing, it also rides like a dream. Just the right balance between subtle steel comfort and agility.
The bike has been thoroughly checked and is now ready for anything. Eroica? No problem! Long distance touring? Sure! Riding to the gelateria for some fine ice cream? Be ready to turn some heads! Wall decoration? Time to stow away those Picassos!