Guerciotti GLX Columbus SL Lugged Steel Frame & Fork: 54cm - Pantographed - DEEP Purple / Black / Pewter Chameleon - 1980's
This is a mid to late 1980's high level race frame. It has some curious features I cannot find in catalogs. It is most similar to the GLX, aside from no chrome fork/stays and it is SL and not SLX. It features Columbus SL tubing, investment cast lugs with no pantographs, rainbow & star decals, chrome Campagnolo horizontal dropouts/fork ends, sloping crown w/ pantographs, pump peg, chain catch, semi-wrapped chainstay caps w/panto, and panto brake bridge. What is out of place is the aero style webbed bottom bracket shell / chainstay bridge. Could this be a TT or aero model? A custom bike? If anyone has info on this, please reach out!
This magical Italian frame has been restored a year ago, with some of the most curiously dynamic paint I've seen. Depending on lighting, it shifts in sometimes shifts in color at different viewing angles. In neutral/low lighting, it's a fairly solid and very dark eggplant/plum purple (1st photo, and most others on white backdrop.). Under the flourescent lighting in my shop, this is all I thought it was until I put it under the studio lighting....and I was really confused that the frame now looked jet black except a few purple tinted highlights on the edges (the 2nd photo, no modified white balance as in most photos). Under indirect sunshine, yet another aspect appears (3rd pic against wooden background). Here you'll notice that when you look directly at a surface (seat tube shown here) you see a reflective almost black chrome or pewter look. Words don't do it justice.
Excellent to near mint shape, less than 100 miles since fresh paint job. Absolutely no dents, cracks, rust, bends. Decals are pristine. The frame was prepared with red Rust-Oleum before painting (thus you'll see this deep red in the chips mentioned below and shifter braze ons, this is NOT rust). Decals are pristine. The most obvious blemishes are a zigzag scratch/chips 1/3rd the way up the driveside chainstay, which was shipping damage. It is roughly a half inch wide. There are a number of chips around the crown race area, and one between the chainstays at the BB. Aside from that there's a few hazy spots and other minor blemishes not worth mentioning. The photos are pretty representative of the condition.
- Top tube: 54cm
- Seat tube: 54cm (C-C)
- Head tube: 120mm
- Rear spacing: 126mm
- Seatpost size: 27.2mm
- Campagnolo seatpost binder bolt
- Frame markings: 54 on BB shell