Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tuesday Price Porn: Campagnolo Nuovo Record Brake Levers First Generation


Sold: $410 including $5 shipping

My snipe: n/a

Rare First Generation Campagnolo Nuovo Record Brake levers in very good condition. These levers would make a great addition to your vintage 70's or 80's bicycle. Shipping will be $5.00 for Priority mail within the continental US. I will ship to any location buyer is willing to pay for. Any questions gladly answered.

Ray Dobbins saw my post on his beautiful '72 Masi, and tipped me off to this auction, saying:

"A pair of first gen NR levers, sans mounting clamps. The seller had them on eBay and canceled the auction early due to lack of interest. He relisted with a slightly better description (added First Generation to the title and a couple more pics), and BAM! $405! I have corresponded with him and he confirmed that the buyer was real, and paid via PayPal the very next day. Definitely a record-high for these levers."

Thanks Ray!

After searching through the CR List Archives for some clarification, it appears that 1st generation levers have a more-pronounced sine-wave shape, and are narrower at the tip. Compare them to later levers here and it's pretty easy to spot the difference. There are also apparently some differences in the lever body - if anyone can clarify this, let me know. Good keywords and photographs apparently made the difference with this re-listed auction.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As nice as these may seem, they are actually a hybrid set composed of early calipers and later (possibly 3-4 years) levers. Note the color of the lever body (hoods) being dark gray. The true first generation lever hoods were a light colored (silver/gray) colored alloy of aluminum and white metal (some incorrectly say that the hoods were aluminum. Although the lever blade has the telltale hole in the underside for the cable entry, as did the early versions, this lever blade design was carried over into the second generation levers with dark gray hoods as shown in this set. I believe the seller pieced this together to enhance his auction presentation.