The story about the »De Rosa Professional – 1979-80«
This is a 1979-80 De Rosa Professional. Where I live, in Sweden, finding a frame like this is impossible. I have always wanted one and I was very pleased when this one showed up on eBay. After winning the auction it was a nervous wait for it to arrive. I was pleasantly surprised.
I took some photographs and made a set of them because these first years of investment cast lugs are not very well documented. Perhaps it will be of interest for others hunting for information. Of special interest might be the pictures of the fork tangs - there is a star cut out in them and the pictures of the pinned construction - as can be seen thru the bottom bracket shell.
The colour is called »ambrosia« - according to Mr Ken Lyon who had a De Rosa special ordered in the same colour. Very difficult to photograph - it is a olive/dark green with a gold mist metallic. The paint and decals are original and there are some touch ups in a somewhat different green - this will be redone in a better matching colour.
The frame is in a wonderful shape and the very small blemishes that are present is really nothing - bearing in mind this frame is 30 years old. These pics are taken just minutes after I got it home and with a little cleaning and waxing (and the right touch up paint) it will look almost as new.
It will be built up with a Campagnolo Super Record group from 1980. I have all the right parts. The De Rosa panto stem that can be seen in some of the pics is NOS and period correct.
Photo and Story: Johan from Stockholm, Sweden
Dear De Rosa fans, in case you want to contribute to my blog feel free to send in your photos, stories, articles, illustrations etc. related to De Rosa. Looking forward to your mails, Marcello