De Rosa's are rare birds any day of the week.
This one just so happens to be the same age as me - and in far better condition.
Pre 1980 De Rosa's are rarer still, and in 1977 De Rosa changed the seat stay pantograph to a heart as opposed to the more frequently seen 'De Rosa'... so the story goes. Many years ago the frame had a makeover by Star Enamellers and the paint, save a blemish on the seat tube is sublime.
Then there are the De Rosa pantographed components that make this bird prettier still. The overall condition is excellent, some cosmetic flaws that are heavily outweighed by the brilliance of paint and detail.
Nagasawa himself studied under De Rosa, and the influence is evident in his own work. Crisp lugs, beautiful shore lines, flat crowns and understated elegance. Bryan Hayes also noted De Rosa as the standard by which other steel frames are measured.
35 years on.
She is 56cm should she take your fancy - but like any lady, she doesn't come cheap.
For the velospotters:
1977 De Rosa
Campagnolo Super Record gruppo
De Rosa pantographed Super Record brake levers
De Rosa pantographed Cinelli 1R stem
De Rosa pantographed Record shifters by Cyclomondo
De Rosa pantographed Campagnolo 53t chainring
Cinelli Campione Del Mondo 44cm bars
Campagnolo Super Record strada crankset
Campagnolo Record bottom bracket
Campagnolo Record hubs
Campagnolo Record steel headset
Campagnolo Super Record 1-bolt seat pillar
Campagnolo Super Record brake calipers
Campagnolo Super Record band on derailleur
Campagnolo Super Record PAT 82 rear derailleur
Zeus Alloy freewheel
Mavic GP4 tubular rims
Cosmos bidon cage