V D Snickt / Hirondelle badged, F Kessels 54cm Frame & Forks in Reynolds 531
55cm c-c top tube, dropouts 126mm
Including a Campy NR Headset and Bottom Bracket (British thread).
More pics here: http://microco.sm/out/zVgng (All the other frames there are long gone.)
F Kessels built most of Eddy Merckx's bikes - even when he was riding De Rosas they were built by Kessels with De Rosa bits. Their frames were more commonly badged as Main D'Or or Merckx, but also Hirondelle.
This was custom painted for a local bike shop called Van Der Snickt, unfortunately the Hirondelle head tube sticker is missing - it was pealing a little when I bought the frame and I made a mess of trying to remove it to reattach. It was just an ordinary foil decal, so should be easy enough to make a new one.
Otherwise it's in really nice condition with just a few small signs of use.
Shimano SF adjustable dropouts, gear cable routing over the BB, for band-on front mech and shifters. The lugs have nice tear-drop cutouts. Eyelets for mudguards front & rear.
It came with a Campy NR drivetrain from 1973, which gives a good idea of date.
I need a bit of extra money to tide me over the weekend so thought I'd see if anyone would like it for £110 posted. PROVISIONALLY SOLD
The equivalent (and near identical) Merckx would be over £300.
If no takers by tomorrow midday, I'll take it down and stash it back in my cellar.