A bike described as an “Original 1974 Eddy Merckx Molteni bike made By Ugo Derosa and used by Merckx” is currently on sale on Ebay and it’s yours to buy for $49,990.00.
The seller is based in France and says that the bike can’t be shipped and that the buyer would need to get to France to collect the bike. The bike is also being sold with some signed Molteni, C&A and Fiat jerseys and other gear belonging to Merckx.
The bike comes with a certificate of authenticity from Ugo De Rosa who had become the official frame builder and mechanic for the Molteni team in 1973.
In 1974, Merckx enjoyed one of the most successful seasons of his incredible career. He completed the triple crown of Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and World Road Race Championships in addition to winning the Tour de Suisse.
The Faema team was the first team to ride De Rosa frames in the 1960s and in subsequent years, De Rosa also built frames for the likes of Francesco Moser, Moreno Argentin and Giovanbattista Baronchelli.