Very nice 1944-45 René Herse racer. Paint with first René Herse letters.
52 cm middle of BB to center of seat tube, 55 cm top tube c to c.
700C wheels, Vitus tubing, Brooks saddle, René Herse stem and Speedy brakes, stainless fenders, Weinmann brakes, Super Champion rims on Normandy hubs with Bell wingnuts and Lyotard Berthet pedal cages.
V.O straddle cable hangers,alloy seatube and handlebars.
Very fine condition except gear braze-on broken, that’s why I used it as a “winter fixed gear bike”.
This is a real quality machine, very hard to find, one of the first René Herse built (number is 27)
Postscript: the bike attracted no buyers at $5,000, so the seller relisted with a low opening bid and no reserve. The relisted auction ended at $2,305.