This 1980s remake of a 50s era Paris Tour de France (an English bike!) was restored by us at Elliott Bay Bicycles. My painter complained a lot about the ancient decals. There were three different types, and none wanted to work well. But he did a great job nonetheless. Here is a history of the marque which mentions the bikes of this era in the last paragraph. www.classiclightweights.co.uk/Paris.html
I understood this was made in 1980 but they say it started in 1981. Of note is the oversized 1 1/8″ top tube, way ahead of its time. This was accomplished by the handmade “bilaminate” lugs as Claud Butler called them. Condor is currently making a replica of the Paris Galibier, a very unusual frame. The Paris bikes were usually a bit garish with bright colors faded over the lugs. I wanted to make this a bit garish with the colors but in more of a traditional English pattern. Check back for the built-up bike. It will have mostly gold anodized French stuff on it, in keeping with the theme.
View the rest on Bob’s Flickr Page.