We think it’s a 1986 PZ (third from top-of-the-line after the CY10 FC and the PX), based on this catalog. Anyone know for sure?
Here is a mid to late 1980s Peugeot bike. I tried to best identify what model it is through some on line research and it appears that the frameset is a Professional model, the very top of the Peugeot line. I suspect it was purchased as a stand alone frame and built up with various models of Campagnolo equipment, or perhaps it was sold as a complete bike and then components were swapped out. The closest I saw as a complete bike was a model called the PZ10 in which the frame matches but not the rest of the components. Perhaps some eBay members can send their guesses to me. This bike has a partially chromed rear triangle, something Peugeot only did to their top line of bikes. It is also constructed of Reynolds Professional 531 Tubing, reserved for their professional racing models. The pedals are Mavic model 640, which others are advertising on eBay for $400. I shot some closeups of the lugs with their fine cutouts and the rear brake bridge reinforcement to give you an idea of how finely the frame is constructed.
The paint condition is good, but with scratches. I tried to show the larger scratches, most notably near the right shift lever and on the left seat stay. The decals appear to be original but the larger ones on the three main tubes show a fair amount of tiny cracks. I noticed that replacements can be purchased on eBay. The bike has a tiny impression, about size of a pen tip on the left side of the top tube which can only be seen if you carefully sight along the side of the tube and is difficult to find unless you know where it is at. Otherwise, there are not any other dings or cracks present. Bike was dismantled and cleaned with all bearings and races relubed.
I have never seen one of these offered for sale so I suppose that not many were made and of those survive thirty years later.
Dimensions: 52cm seat tube center to top, 53cm top tube center to center, 30 1/4 inch standover height
Serial # 85099
I used Velo Base to try to identify the Campagnolo model names, but some I am not sure of as they all appear similar and were not marked with model names back then so here are my best guesses:
Crankset (53/42 with 170mm arms), front and rear derailleurs: Athena
Brakes: Chorus or Athena
Brake levers: Chorus
Headset: Super Record
Shifters: C Record Syncros with override lever to switch from friction to index shifting on rear. An early attempt at index shifting and not anything like today’s shifters, hence the override lever
Hubs: Chorus, Athena or Victory
Rims: Campagnolo Ypsilon Oxide Strada
Stem: Marked “Peugeot” but also reads Japan on the part that inserts into the headset
Bars: Nitto Universiade
Freewheel: Maillard 700 Course “Super” 13-21 in six cogs
Pedals: Mavic 640
Tires: Michelin Axial Select Kevlar, 700X23. They are probably at least 10 years old but appear to be not used much
Seat: Selle Italia Manganese rails
Seat Post: 3TTT