It’s been a minute since a profiled one of the bikes in our collection. This is a good one. it is an early to mid 1950’s Frejus Super Corsa. Frejus is an older marque based out of Torino, Italy for much of its history. They were founded in 1896 by Emmo Ghelfi and he retained control to the mid 1940’s. It was later obtained by Emilio Bozzi and co-produced in Milan with his Legnano and Woolsit brands.
Frejus is one of the first classic bikes I was drawn to, mainly because of the head badge. There were also a lot of them brought into the country through NYC, and as a result there are more examples in this area of the country (northeast). Upon closer inspection of the details, one can get a deeper appreciation for their construction. They also have really classy decal and paint schemes with nice amounts of chrome.
This bike also has lots of early touches., like the Frejus stamped components. The headset, cranks, brakes, and pedals all bear the Frejus stamp. The head set and cranks were made by Magistroni. The brakes look like Universal, but have quite unique QR mechanisms that are not on Universal brakes. if anyone can inform me about their origin, I am all ears. I am not sure who made the pedals, perhaps Sheffield? The bike also has the nice Frejus decaled alloy fenders. These ones are four pieces, and commonly removed for racing purposes, then put back on for commuting use. The stays are very sturdy and have nice acorn type nuts. Also, early Campagnolo Gran Sport derailleurs and shifters with open “C” stampings, which helps date the bike. The rear drop outs are also quite early, they bear the “Brev.0” stamp which are shown in the first couple Campagnolo catalogs from the early 50’s and shown with the toothed type used for the Cambio Corsa and Paris Roubaix gear systems. It has early Campagnolo hubs with the early logos, laced to Ambrosio tubular rims. The seat cluster and fork crown are somewhat iconic to the Frejus marque, it also has the zirc (grease nipple) fitting on the back of the head tube, a sign of the higher end model. I also really like the Ambrosio bar and stem combo. the paint and decals are original, and in great shape for their age. The serial number is 40733 and also has a stamp of MC 54 on the BB shell, which is the size. the bike has a 54cm seat tube (center to top) and 55CM top tube (center to center).
Enjoy the photos!