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Michael, I bought this Orange 'Formula' 753 off a lead on ebay from a cycle shop in Halifax last year, so it must be local to you - apparently the original owner's widow wished to dispose of it... Deffo the classic Clockwork paint scheme and is entirely original. Does that help? BTW would the factory be able to offer a respray and refurbish??
I'll ask if anyone remembers it on Monday but I'd be surprised if it is a Formula 753. We don't paint the orange/white fade in house ( Bob Jackson did the retro Clockwork paint job this year) so almost every proto or special gets a plain powder coat. Most of the road protos are in 53 or 54 cm size ( fits Steve and me
) and looking at the geometry it isn't where Steve was with his bike design I'd have expected a more sloping top tube.
Stickers were quite easy to get hold of and I've got a Dave Yates road frame sprayed up with Orange decals, we've also resprayed other companies road bikes for team riders in the years when we haven't made them and put Orange decals on them.
We can respray powder coat, I think the details are on our website. I'd suggest Bob Jackson if you want the orange/white fade. Original printed decals are now very, very rare, there are small variations because Lester liked playing around with the look and John who does our decals now does the same. Vinyl cut decals are a bit easier as we should have the cutter files but even they are on an old System 7 Quadra mac that nevers get started up.