A tale of two vintage Cinellis

First, we have this tarted-up Speciale Corsa:


Vintage road bike from Cinelli (Italy), type “Speciale Corsa”.

Probably made around 1965 (?).

Lugged Columbus steel framework with Campagnolo dropouts.

Frame number 8518 in bottom bracket shell.

Professinal repaint in “snow white”.

Equipped with Campagnolo Record, Weinmann, Altenburger, etc.

Full restored and ready to race:

Full restoration including professional repaint
and check, overhaul, clean up of equipment.
Full service with fresh greasing.
*Beside the still unglued new tubular tires the bike is ready to race.

Overall very good condition:
Very good repaint with only minimal signs from built up/storing.
Parts mostly good to very good with few signs.

Good/very good technic:
Parts in overall mostly very good/good condition and full useable.
Full checked and serviced.
*Beside the new and still unglued tubular tires the bike is ready to race

Straight and strong.
No dents. No rust problems.

Professional repaint in “snow white”.
Minimal and unmentionable signs from built up and storing.

Best high quality reproduction decals (no computer/plastic-film prints).
Reproduction front badge of acceptable quality (bronze) (original badge was lost).

No chrome on this frame.

Medium-to-large sized with 56.5cm seat-tube from center to center.
Seat tube (c-c) 56.5cm (c-t 58cm), top tube (c-c) 57cm,
weight like presented 10.57kg, handlebar (c-c) 38cm, stem (c-c) 95mm.


It’s eye-catching, to be sure, but we would have done a few things differently, to say the least.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have this rather sad-looking Riviera that has been disguised as a mass-produced, low-end touring bike:


1960 Vintage Cinelli Riviera bicycle – $2000 (berkeley north / hills)

1960 Cinelli Riviera road bike. One owner. Has not been ridden in years, needs some TLC.
S/N: 242R
Color: Light blue and white.
Frame: Cinelli, Brakes: Weinmann Type 730, Wheels: Weinmann 27″ x 1-1/4″, Forks: Marcel, Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo, Handle Bars: DIA-COMPE.
Measurements as follows:
Top Tube (C-C): 22″
Seat Tube (C-C): 21″
Standover: 31.5″
Crank Length: 5″
Wheel Base: 43″

Looking for serious buyer/collector. $2000 OBO.


Both interesting, neither one optimal—but the Riviera’s shortcomings appear less costly to address.

Stripping away as opposed to replacing or redoing, essentially.


Late ’60s Speciale Corsa

It’ll cost you.

(A minimum of $2,500, to be exact.)

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seat tube: 61cm center-to-center
top tube: 58cm center-to-center
Cranks: Magistrone
Chainrings: Magistrone 53, 47
Shifters, Front Derailleur, Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Hubs: Campagnolo Record
Rims: Fiamme
Tires: Vittoria competition (ONLY PART THAT IS NOT ORIGINAL!!)
Saddle: Cinelli Unicanitor (minor scrapes on side)
Seatpost: Vitor
Handlebars: Cinelli Giro D’Italia
Stem: Cinelli 125mm
Pedals: Campagnolo
Cages: Christophe Speciale
Straps: Lapize

Brake hoods are dried and cracked and wrapped with tape, levers have scratches.
Decals in excellent condition
Metal Headbadge
Cranks have a hollow spindle, aluminum spider and aluminum chainrings!

Owned by Valerio Berteotti, who was a professional racer in Italy during WWII. After the War he emigrated to the United States, where he made the purchase of this fine bicycle, which of course was never raced! During his career, which began in 1943 and ended in 1948, he came first in Coppa San Geo, the National Championship for Cyclocross Elite in Italy, and the Coppa Citta Bassano. Racing first on team Dopolavoro Caproni Tentro, he later raced on Olmo, spent several years as riding individually and one year on teamVC Trentino.


1972 Cinelli Special Corsa

For those of you who like orange.

A bike this exquisite deserves better attention in the staging and presentation.


1972 Cinelli speciale corsa
60 cm c to c seat tube
Fiamme red label sew up rims laced to campy low flange record hubs stainlessl butted spokes ( tied & soldered rear)
Unicanitor # 1 seat
old logo cinelli stem 110cm
campy record cranks 42 52 170 no date code
pat 72 rear derailure
early 70’s brakes W/ long leavers W/cable round hole and pat camp barrel.
This bike is very clean ,unrestored and all original except for brake hoods ,bar tape, chain,tires,cables.
Included are NOS brake & shifter cables W/ logos and toe straps W/ cinelli oval logo and two extra freewheels(regina 14/24 and pro comp 14/28


Speciale Corsa Pista (1963-64)

Grail stuff…

$_57csp (36)

Vintage CINELLI SPECIALE CORSA PISTA 1963/4 track bicycle. Serial nr 7613. Frameset fully chromed. Chrome is in good condition but there are some rust spots on the bottom of tubes and on bb shell. No cracks. There is a bigger dent on right chainstay, looks like it was done intentionally (see photots). Former owner used it as road bike and drilled holes for brakes on fork crown and rear bridge, which has changed geometry (see photos). Bridge between chainstays has been cut away (see photos). Technical (working) condition is very good, visual condition check on the photos, please.
Genuine Cinelli headbadge, decals are new.

Parts are:
headset – lower cup is Campagnolo
stem – Cinelli Pista steel
handlebars – no name, made of steel, track bend, dented (see photo)
saddle – Cinelli Unicanitor
seatpost – Campagnolo Record 26,2
crankset – Campagnolo Record Pista 165 with Campagnolo track chainring 49 teeth and Campagnolo Record dust caps
pedals – Campagnolo Record Pista with Christophe Special toe-clips and Alfredo Binda leather straps
bottom bracket – Campagnolo
hubs – Campagnolo Record high flange track
rims – Nisi, there are some cracks, if buyer wants to ride on this bicycle I suggest to replace them

Weight 8,60 kg; seatpost 26,2;

Height – 58 cm c-c; length – 57 cm c-c.


Speciale Corsa

Update, 8 July 2015:

The bike is now available for $1,200, which strikes us as a bargain.


Original post from 26 June 2015:

Nice opportunity for a tall person. The asking price ($1,800 OBO) seems pretty reasonable! Bike is already in the US, too.

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Offered for sale is a freshly restored Cinelli ‘Speciale/Super Corsa’ road bicycle.

Frame Serial Number: ‘4539’ and letter ‘C’ stamped on bottom of bottom bracket shell.
Estimate of date for frame: 1970
(Based on serial numbers registered at The Cinelli Registry)
– Seat post and head tube lugs have the three, decreasing size holes (began in 1968)
– No bottom bracket oil port (disappeared in 1965)
– Sloping fork crown versus flat fork crown
– Front and rear Campagnolo drop-outs
– Cast tops of seat stays and cutouts in the seat lug
Frame measurements:
Seat tube: 61cm
Top tube: 57cm
Down tube: 62cm
Original faded red paint and primer were chemically stripped from frame and fork, and frame and fork were primed and re-finished in Blood Red. The original head badge had lost most of its paint, so the remaining paint was chemically stripped from the badge, and the brass was polished. Reproduction decal set was applied on the freshly painted frame.
List of components installed on bicycle:
Headset: Campagnolo ‘Nuovo Record’, 1 inch, top locknut engravings – ‘, BREV. CAMPAGNOLO ITALY BREV. CAMPAGNOLO’, top bearing race engravings – ‘- PATENT – CAMPAGNOLO – ITALY – PATENT – CAMPAGNOLO – ITALY’
Bottom bracket: Campagnolo ‘Nuovo Record’, engravings on axle – ’70-SS and Campagnolo World logo’, engravings on cups – ‘BREV. INTER. CAMPAGNOLO, 36 x 24F’
Crankset: Campagnolo ‘Nuovo Record’ 170mm crank arms, stamped ‘STRADA’ on backside of arms with the number ‘3’ in a circle.
Crank bolts: engraved with ‘CAMPAGNOLO PATENT’
Crank bolt caps – Campagnolo, engravings ‘PATENT CAMPAGNOLO’
Chain rings: Campagnolo, engravings – ‘BREV. CAMPAGNOLO, , ’
Shifters: Campagnolo ‘Nuovo Record’
Front derailleur: Campagnolo ‘Nuovo Record’
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo ‘Nuovo Record’, engravings – ‘Patent 72, BREV. INT. CAMPAGNOLO’
Brake calipers: Campagnolo ‘Nuovo Record’, engravings – ‘CAMPAGNOLO BREV. INTER.’
Brake levers: Campagnolo ‘Nuovo Record’, engravings – ‘CAMPGNOLO’ on fronts of levers, and ‘BREV. INTER.’ on rivet heads
Seat post: Campagnolo ‘Nuovo Record’, engravings – ‘Campagnolo’, ’26.2’, and world globe logo
Pedals: Campagnolo, engravings – ‘PATENT CAMPAGNOLO, MADE IN ITALY, 3/16 x 20, BREV. CAMP.’
Freewheel: 5-speed,
Stem: Cinelli 1A
Handlebars: Cinelli Mod. 64, Giro d’Italia, 40mm wide, wrapped with new black fabric tape
Saddle: NEW Specialized ‘Body Geometry’ with spare tubular tire holder attached underneath seat (neat period accessory!)
Rims: Wolber ‘Gentlemen 81 SUPER CHAMPION’, 36 spokes
Hubs: Maillard ‘Helicomatic’ rear
Tires: Michelin ‘BIB-TS23’, ‘27” x 1”’, ‘MADE IN FRANCE’, clinchers
A majority of the components on this bicycle are the original ones that came on the bicycle. Components were disassembled, cleaned, and lubricated, where required. Some of the finishes on various pieces do exhibit scratches and some pitting of the chrome, but nothing hideous or so much so that it would detract from the overall look of the bicycle. Any components that were too damaged to be saved were replaced with identical period correct components.

The original Campagnolo ‘Record’ wheels that came with the bicycle were beyond saving, with severly scratched braking surfaces and rims that could not be trued. The ‘Unicantor’ suede saddle was also badly worn and damaged beyond saving. Both should be easy items to source and replace to complete this stunning bicycle.



This is available right now in England.

Stunning. But is it real?


CINELLI SPECIALE CORSA 52 cm Campagnolo Record Supercorsa Mod.B – £1500

Chromed frame & fork
Campagnolo Record steel headset
Campagnolo Record brakes
Campagnolo Record brake levers
Campagnolo Record front derailleur
Campagnolo Super Record rear derailleur
Campagnolo Record crank
Campagnolo Record pedals
Alfredo binda toe straps
Campagnolo Record seatpost
Selle San Marco Rolls saddle
Campagnolo Record hubs
FIR EL20 rims
700c wheels
Condition: used
Seat Tube Center — Center: 52 cm
Top Tube Center — Center: 54 cm
Standover: 78.5 cm