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Lotus Supreme, 1982 time capsule

Old 09-24-20, 04:47 PM
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Lotus Supreme, 1982 time capsule

What would be the value of this beauty? This bike was in storage for 38 years, has never been ridden before.






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Old 09-25-20, 12:23 PM
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You'll have to advertise it on ebay to get the highest price. Considering it's all Dura-Ace and, Tange 1 frame I'd say the very lowest price for it would be about $425 and, the price could go as high as $1K.
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Man, I don't know the value but I sure think that's a pretty sweet looking bike. Stored that long, I'd think everything would have to be taken apart, degreased, fully serviced, and such. So that may effect the value if the buyer is someone like me that would want to buy it. Now a buyer who wants to hang it on a wall and admire it may not be so concerned about such things.
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Old 09-25-20, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
Man, I don't know the value but I sure think that's a pretty sweet looking bike. Stored that long, I'd think everything would have to be taken apart, degreased, fully serviced, and such. So that may effect the value if the buyer is someone like me that would want to buy it. Now a buyer who wants to hang it on a wall and admire it may not be so concerned about such things.
You are absolutely right, everything is stiff. What i'm doing right now is taking all breaks, headset, derailleurs and BB apart, cleaning, degreasing and greasing it again. The tubes hold pressure fine, but i wont use them for sure.
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What size frame is it?
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If the tubes hold air they'll be fine. The tires might be another issue.
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In my area I would be asking $425. Although lately sales here have dropped off.
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Old 09-25-20, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by bOsscO View Post
What size frame is it?
Frame size is 56cm or 22"
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Old 09-02-22, 04:30 PM
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I have one too. Exact bike and color but 59cm. Parts are stamped EJ for 1980 October
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Old 09-02-22, 04:35 PM
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Mine came stock with a Kashimax Super Pro Suede saddle and stitched leather handlebar wrap
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That looks like a $400 bike to me. It has tubular tires (sew-ups) and it also has those Shimano pedals that require a really big hole in the crankset (or an adapter to fit normal 9/16" pedals). I'd also rather not have the bearings disassembled and redone by a non-professional.
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I don't have a sense of its ebay value if sold with patience, but I'd buy that at $400 all day long, if I were buying more bikes, which I'm not. My guess - Ramzilla's post is more accurate - variable value, will depend on patience, marketing, and market. I think I could get $700 - $800 in mine, if patient. I think you could on ebay as well.
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Old 09-12-22, 08:54 AM
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Old dried grease on chain rings and freewheel = it has been ridden before.

Still in great condition!
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Old 09-12-22, 08:58 AM
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Dura Ace EX Dyna Drive pedals are easy to disassemble regrease and put back together. I did mine and they are like new again
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Old 09-15-22, 11:41 AM
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If the tubes hold air they'll be fine. The tires might be another issue.
Look like tubulars
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Just beautiful ! no idea on value though
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Here's. my all original 1981 Supreme with the stock leather handlebar wrap
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Old 12-31-22, 06:53 AM
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Nice looking and collectible bike
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Originally Posted by bOsscO View Post
What size frame is it?
Based on pics I would say it's 56cm give or take a little with a fairly short tight wheelbase so good for a rider 5'8" or so. Basically a nice medium size bike that should work for a large number of riders which helps value a lot.
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Donít have any lotus yet pretty sick
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It’s in pristine condition, and collectors love that early Dura Ace stuff. I’d say ask between $2,500 and $3,000. Don’t sell yourself short. Quality and scarcity drive up value.
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It’s in pristine condition, and collectors love that early Dura Ace stuff. I’d say ask between $2,500 and $3,000. Don’t sell yourself short. Quality and scarcity drive up value.
I don’t think that would ever sell at that price. Over 2k is the province of top end, older Italians. In nice shape.

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Itís in pristine condition, and collectors love that early Dura Ace stuff. Iíd say ask between $2,500 and $3,000. Donít sell yourself short. Quality and scarcity drive up value.
At those prices you can get much better vintage steel bikes such as Colnago, for starters. You can ask whatever you want, what matters is what someone is willing to pay. When I see an ad where someone is asking a preposterous price I click away never to return.
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Nice, but, if I see an add saying unridden and then see the grease on the chainrings/cogs that show me otherwise, I click away without looking further.
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OP is from September 2020 folks.
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