[CR] For Sale Mike Kowal 531SL, Cougar 753, 1954 Mercian Campionissimo, 1940s Claud Butlers, 1970s Merckx frames & more

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Date: Mon, 05 Jul 2010 16:02:01 +0100
From: "Hilary Stone" <hilary.stone@blueyonder.co.uk>
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Subject: [CR] For Sale Mike Kowal 531SL, Cougar 753, 1954 Mercian Campionissimo, 1940s Claud Butlers, 1970s Merckx frames & more

Offered to CR members are some good and interesting frames.

I can take payment a number of ways - Paypal or cheque in GBP, cash sent registered post, Traveller\u2019s cheques in $, direct bank transfer within the UK or European Iban bank transfer. I will always combine shipping in order to reduce costs.

All prices are in UK GBP Frames cost 80 GBP to ship to the USA, 100 GBP to ship to Australia/New Zealand and 11 GBP within the UK. I can ship two frames in one box for 100 GBP to North America.

With the pound being low in value these are a real bargain... for US and European buyers. Paypal is quoting 1.50$ to 1 GBP.

Hilary Stone, Bristol, British Isles

MIKE KOWAL ROAD FRAME c1979 Reynolds 531SL Seat Tube (ctt): 20.5in (52cm) Top Tube (ctc): 20.5in (52cm) Rear dropout width: 126mm Wheel size: Sprints/700C Brake drop with 700C/Sprint wheel: 45mm Frame Tubing: Reynolds 531SL Seatpost size: 27.2mm Mike Kowal is one of the lesser known builders but this early example of his work shows just how good a builder he was - it is really quite superb... Its built from Reynolds 531SL tubing which was the thinner walled 531 pretty similar in weight to 753 but not quite as strong. The paint and chrome are in excellent condition with only a few small marks. It complete with an excellent headset. 175 GBP http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r77/hilarystone/Mike-Kowal-531SL.jpg

COUGAR 753 ROAD FRAME Unused Seat Tube (ctt): 58cm (23in) Top Tube (ctc): 57cm (22.5in) Rear dropout width: 128mm Wheel size: Sprints/700C (brake drop 43mm) Seatpost size: 27.2mm Frame tubing: Reynolds 753 Cougar road frames from the late 1980s/early 1990s built by Terry Dolan are really rather good - Terry Dolan learnt to build frames with the fabled Harry Quinn and this shows in the care and accuracy of his frames. This new and unused Reynolds 753 frame from about 1989/90 is really cool and is painted in what are the iconic Cougar colours. It has had a rear wheel and rear deraileur fitted but has never been fully built up. A bargain at 225 GBP http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r77/hilarystone/Cougar-753.jpg

MERCIAN CAMPIONISSIMO ROAD FRAME 1954 Seat Tube (ctt): 21.5in (55cm) Top Tube (ctc): 22in (56cm) Rear dropout width: 118mm Wheel size: 27s or 700C Brake drop with 700C/Sprint wheel: 60mm Seatpost size: 27.2mm This very beautiful 1954 Mercian Campionissimo road frame is really rather special - it looks 100% original - however it has a period repaint by Rattrays of Glasgow (the builders of Flying Scot frames) complete with the original transfers... I would imagine that this was done in the late 50s/early 60s. The paint is in very good/excellent condition with only a few small marks. The transfers are generally very good though not perfect. It has Simplex forged ends together with cable braze-ons for a Simplex Juy 53 front derailleur operated by a handlebar-end control. The Simplex gear lever for the rear gear in sincluded and was probably used with a Simplex TDF or Juy 51 rear gear. This frame is really exceptional with the only flaw being a slightly squashed rear brake bridge. 195 GBP http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r77/hilarystone/Mercian-1954.jpg

CLAUD BUTLER HYPERLITE FRAME 1948 Seat Tube (ctt): 56cm (22in) Top Tube (ctc): 58cm (23in) Rear dropout width: 115mm Wheel size: Sprints/700C (brake drop 54mm) Seatpost size: 27.2mm Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted This is a very sound Claud Butler road frame from 1948 which is thought to be their Hyperlite model and is built from Reynolds 531 double butted tubing and has Claud Butler Continental rear dropouts together with a splendid Bastide type fork crown. 89 GBP http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r77/hilarystone/Claud-Butler-Brevet-Club-48.jpg

BRIAN ROURKE ROAD FRAME c1996 Seat Tube (ctt): 20.5in (52cm) Top Tube (ctc): 20.75in (52.5cm) Rear dropout width: 130mm Wheel size: 700C Brake drop with 700C/Sprint wheel: 42mm Frame Tubing: Reynolds 531C Seatpost size: 27.2mm Brian Rourke framesets were and some I believe are still produced in their own workshop by Paul Washington - this frame features his very distinctive and special wrap over seat stays. And has hardly been used - the kit that was taken off looked as if it had not done 100 miles... The paint is truly excellent with just a couple of small chips. This frame I think dates from the middle/late 1990s. I was very impressed by Paul Washington\u2019s workshop when I visited about 12 years ago and his frames are really rather special. 175 GBP http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r77/hilarystone/Brian-Rourke-late-90s.jpg

MERCKX ROAD FRAME 1970s Seat Tube (ctc): 55cm Top Tube (ctc): 55cm Rear dropout width: 122mm Wheel size: 700C Brake drop with 700C/Sprint wheel: 50mm Seatpost size: 27.0mm Mercks road frames from the early 1970s are very rare in this country. Merckx licensed the use of his name to different builders in countries across Europe - in England inexplicably it was Falcon but in Belgium it was Kessels. This frame sourced from Germany was probably built by Kessels. Its obviously a quality frame with drilled lugs and heavily slotted BB shell. The frame weight is about 2kg and it takes a 27.0mm seatpost so is built from good quality tubing. The long Campy dropouts suggest it is from the first half of the 1970s. 195 GBP http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r77/hilarystone/Merckx.jpg

CLAUD BUTLER INTERNATIONAL CLUB ROAD FRAME 1947 Seat Tube (ctt) : 58cm (23in) Top Tube (ctc): 58cm (23in) Rear dropout width: 110mm Wheel size: Sprints or 700C front and rear (brake drop of approx 55mm) Bottom bracket threads: British Frame Tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted This fillet brazed lugless Claud Butler International Club road frame from 1947 is in very sound condition and will look really quite spectacular when carefully repainted. 75 GBP http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r77/hilarystone/Claud-Butler-lugless-1947.jpg