As long as there is demand, and rarity, some of the bits by defunct companies command a big price. NOS Fiamme anyone, how about a pair of Maxicar hubs? The Weinmann and Mafac brakes are cheap because so many were produced. Although Mafac Top 63s will set you back hundreds.
Thanks - I guess anything *really* good that's not being produced any more will have skyrocketed in value due to limited supply. I suppose what I'm looking for is something that a little bit under-rated that's both above average and comparatively plentiful. If such things exist?
Shaun's list above is very useful. Does anyone have anything more to add to it?
I suppose I've kind of got an idea about wondering if it's possible to build up a good groupset of components of discontinued / defunct makes and brands, for less money than if I simply forked out for a Shimano or Campagnolo groupset.
1987 Peugeot Tradition (3-speed Sturmey Archer)
1984 Raleigh Classic 15 (Reynolds 531 ST)
1970s Harry Hall (Reynolds 531)
1986 Raleigh Record Ace (Reynolds 531)
and a project involving two Raleigh Record Sprints and the 531 frame from a 1990s Raleigh Quasar...