1950's Campagnolo 626 Downtube Cable Guide & Stop Clip: Tubular! Bolt/Nut - RARE (MINT)
This is a very rare #626 downtube mounted cable guide from the 1950's to very early 1960's. This generation features the distinctive round tube as the guide, instead of the upside-down "V" shaped guide the common 60's to 1980's ones have. If you're restoring a 1950's Bianchi or other Gran Sport equipped Italian bicycle of the era, you probably already know what this is.
This appears in catalogs 12 (1953), 12 (1955), and 14 (1960). Catalog 16 didn't come out until 1967, and it featured the current V shaped guide. One could speculate that Campy released the newer version in 1963 with the 1st year Record derailleur. The 1951 catalog does not show a downtube clamp cable guide at all, though if you're lucky enough to have a 1st year 1951 Gran Sport rear derailleur this is the most appropriate guide for you.
Very close to immaculate condition! It looks like it was installed just once, and has seen few or zero miles. Clamp is round and even. Show bike worthy with just enough patina to look like it's been around 70+ years. ZERO rust, scrapes, road rash, or other damage. The chrome is clear and has the usual tiny beginnings of pitting for hardware of this age. The clamp bolt's head face is pristine and shiny. A touch of wrench marks on bolt and nut. You won't find cleaner unless it's NIB.
- Model: #626 (627 is for single chainring and lacks cable stop, while #630 & #631 add a pump support)
- Driveside: cable guide
- Non-drive side: cable stop