Gazelle are perhaps most famous today for producing workhorses, the type produced in the hundreds of millions every year in Dieren, the Netherlands. Back in the 1960s however they were a much different beast.
After the introduction their 'Special Racing Division', much like our famous Special Division Unit of Raleigh in the 1980s, they assembled a professional cycling team sponsored by Dutch Cigar makers, Willem II. Under the management of Ton Vissers, the most successful rider in the Willem II-Gazelle team was undoubtedly Rik Van Looy, but also included greats such as Harn Ottenbros & Peter Post to name just a couple.
The team didn't make it far into the 1970s, but Gazelle's greatest years were yet to come. Their most famous race frame, the Champion Mondial had been introduced to the world by the mid 70s and many famous partnerships followed, with riders such as Roger De Vlaeminck, Jan Raas, Jean Paul Van Poppel, and Scotland's very own Philippa York, then Robert Millar, riding for the TVM-Sanyo-Gazelle in the early 1990s, all raced on the Gazelle Champion Mondial.
Before the Champion Mondial came the Gazelle 'Race'. Lesser known due to its scarcity but by no means less important. It was this model that Rik Van Looy & Harm Ottenbros spent the latter half of the 1960s racing on.
This here is a very early example of the Race model, dating back to 1966, and it's an absolute stunner to boot. Specced out with Campagnolo Record kit (Gazelle generally went for Campag or Zeus back then, depending on what the riders wanted, there was no 'catalogue spec' as such). The Campag bar-end shifters were in vogue back then with the Willem II team, and Universal were the brakes to have too.
So there you have it, a mid sixties race machine at its finest, steeped in history. We hope someone can take it back to its native land one day, we could think of nothing better than to let this beauty loose on the climbs of Eroica Limburg, or any of the other vintage cycling events around the world today.
As with all our bikes, it's been fully stripped, inspected & professionally polished & re-built. The frame is straight & true without any dents or dings - please inspect the photos for cosmetic condition as we photograph the bikes so you can see the exact condition of the bike before purchasing.
Seat Tube: 58cm
Top Tube: 57cm
Head Tube: 168mm
Tubing: Reynolds 531
Brakes: Universal Mod 61
Brake Levers: Universal Mod 61
Crankset: Campagnolo Record Strada - 52/42 - 172.5mm
Shifting: Campagnolo Record 1012/1013 Bar-End Shifters
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Record 1020
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record
Freewheel: Atom - 5 Speed - 13-21
Chain: Sachs PG - 5 Speed
Pedals: Not Supplied
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Record - BSA Thread
Hubs: Campagnolo Record High Flange
Rims: Fiamme Sprint (Red Label)
Tyres: Gazelle Popular 320 Tubular - 23mm Width
Headset: Steel 1" Threaded
Handlebars: 3ttt Grand Prix - 39cm Width
Stem: 3ttt Record 1st Type - 105mm Extension
Bar Grip: Velox Tressorex - White Cloth w) Shellac Coating
Saddle: Brooks B17 Competition Standard
Seatpost: Campagnolo Record (2-Bolt Type) - 26.8mm