Friday, January 6, 2012

Vitus 979.

  I happened to stumble upon this Vitus 979 while browsing online ad lsitings. The bike was listed as a Vintage Campagnolo 14-speed Road Bike 70s?, and info in the ad was lacking to say the least, and the picutres were clear but not great. The ad read something like this:
Vintage Campagnolo road bike. I don't know the year it was manufactured; this style was popular in the late '60s and early '70s, so I put "1970" as the model year.
Frame has "Paris Sport" in slight contrasting paint. Brake calipers say "Campagnolo."
This bike is nearly completely stock:


So after doing some homework I discovered the bike was actually a Paris Sport Branded Vitus 979, equipped with a full Campagnolo victory group. Without hesitation, we hopped in the car and drove two hours to pick up the bike. We ended up in a very, very.....very affluent area. Turns out the seller was a very polite, elderly gentlemen who could no longer make use of the bike. The vitus was very well kept, but had a layer of dust covering its aluminum luster. A nice bike wash, and little polish made it shine like new. See for yourself!

The vitus rode like a dream (for me at least). Most people find the vitus too "flexible" to ride with confidence; but myself, being 130lbs at 6'3 found it easy and comfortable to ride.

               read more about paris sport here: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/vrbn-o-z.html#parissport















                                           The vitus sold in auction for $1,000 on ebay.
See the full album here: https://picasaweb.google.com/114443538787772972710/RiddentreasureSVitus979AfterPics#

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I own a Paris Sports Vitus 979 in the same light blue color as this one. Mine came with all Spidel Simplex and Mavic equipment which I have changed out and "updated" to Dura Ace 8 speed. I still ride mine, rather hard at times and I am 6'3" 185. I guess if it was going to fly apart it would have already done so but it is difficult to put that out of my mind when descending at 70km/h.

Ridden Treasure said...

Long live the Vitus!Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Beautifully done! What kind of tires are those? They match the electric baby blue of the frame and the seat very nicely.

Ridden Treasure said...

The tires are "Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp Pros". I'm not sure if they still come in that same color combo, so you may have to look for a NOS pair.
Thanks for showing interest

Davidwd said...

How did you polish the aluminuim? What did you use? Thank you

Cal said...

Kudos again. Here's a picture of how my Vitus came out. It's nowhere as beautiful or clean as your Paris Sports version, but I really like how mine has turned out.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79189661@N07/11700166264/in/photostream/

Coco said...

blue magic polish.

Markus said...

Stunning Vitus. May I ask the size?

Robert Silvers said...

I am riding mine. It has Dura Ace brakes and Mavic drivetrain.

Doktor Ivank said...

zdravo.dali someone can help for this bike , what and how much value there , Shimano DX600 , wheels Mavic MA40 , frame Reynolds cromaloy 501m

Doktor Ivank said...

zdravo.dali someone can help for this bike , what and how much value there , Shimano DX600 , wheels Mavic MA40 , frame Reynolds cromaloy 501m

Doktor Ivank said...

zdravo.dali someone can help for this bike , what and how much value there , Shimano DX600 , wheels Mavic MA40 , frame Reynolds cromaloy 501m

Howard Wharmby said...

Hi everyone just come across a peugeot vitus 979 in very very good condition..all the running gear is campag..brakes hubs..crancs..drive train. Drailers..headset is stronglight
Bars are cinelli..wheels are drc st elegant 11..tryers conti dura skin fpsk
It also has a no 51 printed on it..stem is aiax..could u help me as all it needs to go is a rear break arm for the
Handle bars..help..