Supposedly the guy had it imported from italy as a frameset only, which was never an option, so I’m not sure what the fuck is going on there. None of the components are what this bike is supposed to have, but it’s all dura-ace and campy (except for the wheels), so I’m not even mad. I’m wondering if this was stolen at some point over in Europe, because the 531 decals and the “Raleigh” and “RRA” were all scratched off when he got it. And the serial number ends in “008”. Dude had knee surgery 20 years ago and barely ever rode it. He didn’t even know what it was, but he did know that it was fancy.
I would like to explore the option of a professional paint retouch (NOT a repaint), and having the decals/labels restored.
Or I might just leave it as-is and only take it out for the yearly tweed ride. Not sure.