So, what do think my early 90's Romani might be worth?
It has been hard to find much out about Romani but they were a well respected Italian frame maker starting out in 1924 and going out of business in 1992/3.
I have found one advert from the importers (Wielersport in Cantley near Doncaster) that shows their frames price range from £170 for the Aelle to £340 for the SLX. This advert is from March '89 and does not include my frame which I think is slightly later. Unfortunately there is no frame decal with the steel type on it. It is a little heavier than my 531 Carlton.
I believe my bike was bought from Wielersport as I bought it from the 2nd owner in Sheffield who told me that he had bought it from the 1st owner in Doncaster.
The bike has a full Shimano 300 Exage groupset in fantastic condition. The bike was dirty when bought, but clearly had not had too much use. I stripped it, cleaned, polished and rebuilt it, replacing the cables (inners and outers) bar tape and chain. I also swapped the white hoods for black ones as I wanted black cloth tape, not the white plastic that was on it.
So it is, I believe, original and one of the last Romanis. The condition is superb all around. There are a few age related marks on the paint work, but no rust at all. The paint is a nice medium/dark blue with a metal flake effect.
So what do you think? I would not sell it if it is only worth £100 or so, but might if it was worth £200 or more as I am currenty rebuilding a '79 Carlton Professional and want to do it credit with good parts and a professional paint job, so the money would be useful.
Cheers in advance! Any information is as welcome as valuations!
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