Bianchi Lusso Classic Ladies Bike 1955
Bianchi Lusso Classic Ladies Bike 1950s
In 1885, when he was 21 years old, Edoardo Bianchi started manufacturing bikes in his shop in Milan, Italy. Edoardo had previous experience hand-making medical tools, so he had an acute understanding of how to manufacture precise instruments; a skill that translated into meticulously crafted bicycles. In 1888 he developed his first bicycle with tyres produced by Dunlop, and in 1899 the first palmarés for a Bianchi bike was achieved by Giovanni Tomaselli at the Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris.
Traditionally, Bianchi bicycles have always been Celeste – a turquoise green with an origin steeped in myth. Some people simply claim it was used due to an availability of cheap, surplus military paint, whereas others mention a story involving the green eyes of a former Italian queen for whom Edoardo built a bicycle. Even the current management of Bianchi doesn’t really know why the colour was used so extensively, but the iconic status of ‘Bianchi green’ means it is one of the most recognised and revered brands in cycling.
Classic and vintage Bianchi models
Bianchi Tipo M - Top model in the 1920s, the Bianchi Tipo M is a lightweight racing bike equipped with the famous "Giro Ruota" gearing, a flip flop hub with freewheel and single cog to be switched manually according to rider's need.
Bianchi Saetta - Produced between 1933 and 1939, the Bianchi the Saetta (the Italian for thunderbolt) was a lightweight lugged steel frame with particularly refined lugs, iconic Bianchi head-tube with integrated headset and a chain oiler at the seat tube.
Bianchi Folgore - Produced between 1940 and 1949, the Bianchi Folgore is indissolubly connected with the epic victories of Fausto Coppi at the 1946 Milano-Sanremo and at the 1947 Giro d'Italia. Normally equipped with an iconic Campagnolo Cambio Corsa, the two-lever operated gearing developed by Tullio Campagnolo.
Bianchi Paris-Roubaix - Produced between 1950 and 1952, the Bianchi Paris-Roubaix is one of the Milanese brands most iconic models. It takes its name from both the Hell of the North and Campagnolo's unique Paris-Roubaix groupset.
Bianchi Tour de France - Designed in 1952 and manufactured in 1953, to celebrate the victory in Le Tour, Bianchi produced a prestigious model called the Bianchi Tour de France. It did not remain in the catalogue for long, however, and by the end of 1953 was never made again.
Bianchi Campione del Mondo - If you have seen ever pictures of professional racers like Fausto Coppi riding a Bianchi bicycle, you have most likely seen a Bianchi Campione del Mondo. First released in 1954 to celebrate Coppi 1953 World Chmapionship.
Bianchi Specialissima - Released in 1958, the Bianchi Specialissima was made to be as light as possible whilst retaining the stiffness required to translate the power of professional cyclists into formidable speed. With a 27.2mm seat tube, head-tube oiler and a Campagnolo Record Strada Gruppo, the Bianchi Specialissima was built by the Bianchi Reparto Corse – the Bianchi Racing Division – with competition in mind and the same model was subsequently used by the legendary Bianchi-Salvarani Team in the 1960s.
Bianchi Specialissima X3 - Unmistakably Bianchi for the famous "Celeste paintwork", the Specialissima X3 is a rare model released in the early 1980s and sold for a short time. The frameset was built with Columbus tubes and differed from other models for a few, refined details: a sloped fork crown, aero-shaped seat stays, "V" shaped brake bridge.
Bianchi Specialissima X4 - Probably one of the finest and most beautiful steel racing bicycles ever produced. Bianchi produced the Specialissima X4 for six years between 1986 and 1991 – they are impeccably crafted, used only the best components and are very rare.
Bianchi Centenario - The legendary Bianchi Centenario, developed to celebrate 100 years of Bianchi. Essentially, the Centenario was developed from the epic Bianchi Specialissima X4 and included special, gunmetal cromovelato paintwork.