1940s Atala Cambio Corse£ 4,250
Atala is one of the oldest marques in cycling, sponsoring successful racing teams since the 1900s. Founded in 1908 in Milan, Atala has sponsored professional teams from their beginning well into the 1990s. They won the first Giro’ d’Italia in 1909 with Luigi Canna, the second with Carlo Galetti and the fourth as a team. Over the years many famous riders such as Giovanni Pinarello, Urs Freuler, Gianni Bugno have all ridden for the famous marque.
With their track record, Atala knew what it took to create a winning bike and it was the way they built their top-class Italian machines from this era that allowed them to achieve the success they set out to. During the 1940s, Campagnolo developed the revolutionary Cambio Corse derailleur that Atala quickly adopted. This derailleur caused quite a stir in the cycling community of the time and has now since developed a reputation for one of the most exciting shifting mechanisms of all time. This iconic rear derailleur was a two rod operated masterpiece that combines special dropouts with quick release and the actual derailleur. On the rough roads of the late 1940s a skipping chain on cobbles or a derailleur blocks by mud could be the difference between winning or having to give up. This Atala is equipped with maybe the most sought after solution to these problems. As well as the Campagnolo Cambia Corse Paris Roubaix Spoke Saver, this example also includes the original Atala stamped wheels and hubs, Record leather saddle, Atala crankset, a beautiful Ginelli handlebar stem and universal breaks.
An extremely rare and original example in fantastic cosmetic and mechanical order, this highly collectable (and L’Erocia eligible) Atala would be a fantastic addition to any classic bicycle collection.
Frame Serial Number - 02595 Atala/Steel
Seat Tube: 23.5”
Top Tube: 23”
Head Set Tube: 6”
Gearing System: Campagnolo Cambio Corsa
Head Set: Integrated Atala
Handle Bar - Cinelli