Hi all,you are in for an original and by now not possible-to-find Ercole Baldini Bike from the mid 50’s. In the 50’s Ercole Baldini achieved a crescendo of successes until becoming world champion in 1958. I researched much on this bike before making it available for sale.First of all Baldini was an impressive cyclist since his first races as an amateur, with many important achievements in the worldwide Olympics (3 times gold) and heading in the right direction, also becoming world champion, Italian Champion and so on. In 2003 a museum on him was opened in Forli’ (Italy) and in 2016 Baldini was inducted in the Italian Cyclist Hall of Fame! I spoke to Mino Baldini, son of Ercole, who confirmed the originality of the bike and explained that these models were made in very limited number (around 500). This is number 287!According to a long and exhaustive search, there are only two other of these bikes still alive in a private collector museum and this reveals how rare they are by now. I myself only knew the existence of these cobalt blue Baldini bikes by word of mouth before acquiring this beauty from a Dutch collector who updated the bike with more modern components (70’s Campagnolo stuff). Fortunately the original parts where still available to bring the bike to 100% original condition. So yes, bike has been rebuilt with its original parts to its former glory. Bike is all original but cobalt blue was re-done one day, fortunately saving original decals and chrome, now safe under clear coat. Wheels where also re-laced with NOS Alpina spokes as the original ones where rusty and a few where already broken.As you’ll be able to see this is a high quality frame for that era with custom made artistic lugs (a-la-Nervex), lightened seatpost lug, light tubing, finely finished with chromed “soaks” (as we Italian call them) on fork and stays, Campagnolo front and rear drop outs, and built with high quality components of that era. On bike specs and parts: 54,5cm Seat tube C-C54,5cm Top tube C-CMagistroni Senior crankset Simplex chainrings Magistroni Senior cottered bottom bracket Campagnolo Gran Sport rear derailleur with original metal pulleys Campagnolo Gran Sport front derailleurCampagnolo Gran Sport shifters Campagnolo Gran Sport BB cable guide Balilla Professional brake levers with integrated quick releases and original para hoods Balilla Professional brake calipers with original Balilla pads Balilla red textured brake cable outings Magistroni or Way Assauto Senior headsetSimplex seatpost Simplex seatpost bolt Campagnolo Gran Sport high flange 3 pieces hubs laced on Nisi Millerighe rims Regina Gran Sport Corse 5 speed freewheelBrampton chain Urago Italia stem Urago Italia steel handlebarCobalt blue cotton bar tape (replaced with a NOS one) MPN Italia saddleSheffield Sprint PedalsBike Is being sold AS IS and every sign on it is regarded as part of it’s originality.This is without doubt one of the rarest bikes for any fine and expert collector. Produced in very limited number. Bike will be shipped very carefully packed, fully insured and with full tracking, sorry no exceptions on this babe! I hope to have described this Stupendous Ercole Baldini bike very well and I naturally recommend you to take a tour on pictures to complete the description but please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you want to any extent further info or picture. Don’t miss it!