Thursday, October 2, 2008

Thursday Price Porn: CAMPAGNOLO C RECORD REAR DERAILLEUR vintage 1986 NOS

(Top image is the auction item)

Sold: $799.21 including shipping

My snipe: n/a

CAMPAGNONO C RECORD rear derailleur. Vintage 1986 NOS unused new condition very minor shelf wear from storage. Looks like a shorter cage 1 7/8 inches between pulley centers. Stamped / engraved with CAMPAGNOLO logo on body. Super sleek style, factory fresh.

I'm no expert on C-Record stuff, but here's the basic story as I understand it. Please correct me if I'm mistaken.

Following the death of Tullio Campagnolo in 1983, the company and moved to replace the aging Super Record group at the top of the Campy lineup. Corsa Record, or "C Record" was first shown at trade shows around 1984 and appeared in catalogs and on the street in 1985. Although the seller says 1986, I think this is a 1985 unit, but don't bank on it. Production stopped around 1990 and was replaced by a group simply known as "Record."

Design details changed throughout the life of C Record. The rear derailleurs can be broken up into two major classes: the first generation has a faired-in lower pulley; the second generation has a more traditional open cage (see third photo).

Within the first generation, there are early and late models. The auction derailleur is of the early type, having a deeply-engraved shield logo on the outer link arm of the parallelogram.

This deep engraving was also applied to the arms of the crankset, where it acted as a stress riser and led to crank failures. The deep logo was replaced by the shallow engraving (or possibly laser etching) shown in the second photo around 1986.

The nature of collectors being what it is, the early deep-engraving parts are now highly desirable, as evidenced by the sale price of this unit.



















In my opinion, the derailleur became much less attractive with the open pulley cage in the second generation, seen in the third photo. Prices are significantly lower for this generation as well. There's something futuristic and cool about the first generation derailleur that's lacking in the later part.

1 comment:

Jessica and Dano said...

Looking for info on the date stamp on my Campagnolo C-Record rear derailleur. It looks just like the one on your web site "porn". Except that it has a 21 as the date stamp. I have been looking long and hard for info on this and have come up with the date stamp of 11 is 1985 and 22 is 1986. So what is 21? Heard from one guy that its from a one week run for the Amstel light race in 1986, but no proof. Any idea? Thanks Dano daniel.orthiv@us.army.mil