[CR]Celeste, the true color

(Example: Racing:Jacques Boyer)

From: <NortonMarg@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 25 May 2002 00:55:27 EDT
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Celeste, the true color

My post asking for the old paint formula had a note from a collector who corrected some of my misinformation. FYI, I'd be very happy with the Coppi color, whatever that is. Anyone have a formula?

<<Your CR post was passed on to me for comment:
>>The really old Bianchi Celeste from the 40s and early 50s had more blue in it than the later color, even the late 50s early 60s color. It was almost like "is it blue?" "is it green?" and it was hard to tell. Anyhow, does anyone have a source number for the color code?
>>>>Actually, you have it in reverse. As a collector of Bianchi cycles (I own several from 1930 - 1998) I can attest that the earlier models of Celeste color were more toward green. However, the actual design of Celeste was a "neutral - blue green" and obviously difficult to maintain - in the QC sense. The word "celeste" translates to "celestial" and not "sky blue" as some would like to refer, although Edoardo Bianchi was quoted as saying that the color was a "mix of heaven and earth" - whatever that means. Take care, Ken Denny>>

Stevan Thomas
Alameda, CA