Rare and historically important vintage Bianchi Reparto Course Team track bike.
Built in 1966 specifically for Italian multiple sprint champion and Mexico Games Silver medallist Giordano Turrini in the Reparto Course section of Bianchi.
Frame number stamped into seat tube lug 999370.
Ferretti Team colours…. Azzuro (sky blue). Paint finish is the original 1969 finish and is NOT a repaint.
Bianchi frames with numbers beginning in 999 have been positively identified as those built in the Bianchi Reparto Course section, ie bikes built for top or pro riders.
This information comes from the recently discovered log books among the goods of Guiseppe “Pinella” De Grandi, who was the long-time head mechanic of the racing division of Bianchi. These log books, which were previously thought lost forever, can now categorically confirm who frames with numbers beginning in 999 were built for, also noting frame sizes and other specific details.
The log book entry states that this frame was built in 1966 specifically for Giordano Turrini .
Frame size is Seat Tube 52cms center to top.
Top tube is 53.5cms ctc.
Giordano was a member of the Ferretti Team in 1969, which is the only year it existed. The team was managed by Alfredo Martini a Giro d’Italia stage winner.. If you Google Ferretti Team you can see the team composition. There were 22 team members.
Giorano Turrini raced as a professional from 1969 to 1981. Again, you can look him up through your favourite search engine and view his very impressive Palmares.
Among his victories are numerous Italian National Sprint Championships in both the Amateur and Elite ranks. He was also a top Tandem rider, particularly early in his career, where he won numerous championships.
He won Silver in Mexico on the track in 1968. Given he owned this bike from 1966 through to 1971, he almost certainly won the bulk of his races on this very bike.
If you Google …. Gordon Johnson vs Giordano Turrini 1971, you will see Turrini on this bike racing Australian sprint ace Gordon Johnson. Johnson was the world professional sprint champion in 1970.
In the photo, the Ferretti name on the down tube has been concealed with a piece of cardboard or something similar as the team no longer existed.
He raced here very successfully during the late 60’s and early 70’s and sold the bike to a local person connected with track racing. Thereafter, it was raced for only a short time and has been in storage ever since. ( over 40 years ) I acquired it nearly 2 years ago.
A rare surviving piece of Italian cycling history, displaying all the hallmarks of a high end Bianchi custom built track frame.
Campagnolo inch pitch track ring 23 tooth 151 BCD.
Wipperman inch pitch block chain.
Campagnolo pista cranks 165mm.
Campagnolo Con Denti pedals.
Christophe toe clips.
Alfredo Binda toe straps.
Nitor seat post.
Cinelli Unicanitor saddle.
Cinelli steel chrome plated track bars with old Milano logos.
Cinelli badged stem. ( brass badge).
Campagnolo high flange record track hubs 40/32 .
Fiamme singles ( tubulars) rims. Front rim is tied and soldered.
Paint is original and as found with usual marks from use and from many years storage, please carefully inspect all the photos as they form part of the description. You can see that this frame has been built to a very high standard. I think overall condition is very good for it’s age and being in it’s original Ferretti colours a rare and exciting find.
Postscript: this auction closed at $11,699. Amazing! The market is strong for rare, high-end bikes with provenance.