|In 1983, Campagnolo produced a special component
gruppo in honor of the 50th anniversary of the company's
founding. Based on the current Record and Cobalto lines,
the 50th Anniversary gruppo featured gold plating and a
unique design for some of the parts. Some of the 50th Anniversary gruppos came in a
special case; all were accompanied by a numbered
certificate. Over 10,000 of the 50th anniversary gruppos
were made; today, mint condition sets with low numbers
(under 200) can command a price of more than $10,000.
Higher numbered groups, and those which have been mounted
on bikes, can be purchased for much less.
The 50th gruppo is most easily distinguished by the presence of a number of gold-plated accents on the crank dust caps, pedal dust caps, brake caliper and lever pivots, and the lower derailleur pivot.
The photos at left show the components of the 50th anniversary gruppo, as advertised in the Italian magazine Bicisport in 1983. (Source: The official Campagnolo web site)
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