Campagnolo 50th Anniversary Groupset.
a.k.a. Campagnolo Gruppo del Cinquantenario
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50th Anniversary Groupset is a beautiful bit of engineering
and production the like of which you don't see today. The
style and design of the components is hard to match and no
modern components seem to have the same soul of these components.
That's not to ignore the undoubted quality and functionality
of modern groupsets but they just don't have "it".
Please note if there is anything incorrect in the below please
let me know, I am always happy to update this page with
This group was released in 1983 to commemorate Campagnolo's
50th year in business, this was also the same year founder
Tullio Campagnolo passed away.
In the region of 15,000 of these groups were made.
Group #0001 was retained in the Campagnolo museum, and #0002
was presented to Pope John Paul ll. They all came with a numbered
The group was based on the Super Record and Cobalto group
of the era and was top of the range, with some significant
extra touches. Most pieces were marked by a 22 carrot gold
logo with a raised/textured Campagnolo shield logo. All pieces
contained an engraved signature of Tullio Campagnolo, and
a special "50th" logo.
The rear mech was the star of the group and carried all logos
and the signature ...
The group was supplied in a nice carrying case has a 50th
logo printed on it in gold. The zippers on the case were sealed
and an inventory tag detailed the contents. A close up of
the seal is shown in the below gallery. I have only once seen
a group for sale with the bag unopened for US$10,000; although
I suspect that price tag was a bit speculative ... on ebay
the figure for a NOS boxed set seems to be around the £2500
- £3000 region. Used groupsets seem to fetch about £1300
- £1600 but that are loose not in the case and usually
missing a couple of items. The dust cap tool seems to be particularly
rare, I guess they got seperated from the group and lost ...
This price in 1983 was 600,000 lira; according
to this reference >>>
tha 600,000 lira price is also confirmed in the book "La
bici d'epoca" I have not got around to translating this
In 1983 £1 = 2,300L so that was £260. See http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=106614
Seems there was plenty of money to be made importing Campagnolo
parts 30 years ago ...
This UK magazine ad shows it listed at £434; at the
time VAT typically was not included in ads so if you ad the
VAT @ 15% you get a list price of £499.
Today(2012) that is £774 - £1,425 depending on
which base price you choose.
Either way the groupset has done a good job at out pacing
inflation, and you could have had 30 years use out of it ...
So compared to the top of the range groupset now cycling
has become more expensive.
Once inside the group is revealed; the halves were separated
by a large grey foam pad (shown in the gallery) to protect
them from the other parts when packed.
Also in the group was the invitation to register your group
with Campagnolo. The requirement was to sign the membership
card and complete the back of the slip and return it to Campagnolo
who would then register your numbered groupset and return
your authenticated card. This would allow you to buy spares
for the group in the future that were not for general sales.
I have no idea if this still holds today; perhaps I could
do this to get the hubs I'm after...
Here is the paperwork unused for the groupset.
that the decal is a reproduction, if you want one let me know.
have also made some reproductions of the packaging and comps
slips and lable; if you would like a set I may be able to
make you some see here >>>
I have now acquired an original decal that was supplied with the set.
I also met an old Belgium woman at a bike jumble in the Netherlands who was selling all sorts as the family was closing down the shop. She had all sorts of decals for sale; including the middle one below.
I have never seen this before; she had 3, I bought them all. I have used one on my Montello build ... the other two are not for sale.
The group even had a specific crank dust cap tool that is
engraved with the 50th logo!
Unlike modern groupsets the 50th set pretty much included
all the bits you need to build a bike bar the frame, bars,
saddle and rims
This group includes the following:
Note each set had a range of options shown on the label on
the right. Each set was sealed with a Campagnolo crimped tie
and the label on the outside detailed the options of that
Crankset: 53/42t with Gold Dust Caps
- Pedals: with titanium axels and Gold Dust Caps
- Toe clips
- Brake levers (non-aero) with Gold Logos
- Brakes arches: recessed nut with Gold Logo
- Downtube gear shifters
- Front derailleur: for double crank, bottom pull
- Rear derailleur: short cage with Titanium Bolts and Gold
- Hubs & QR skewers: 126mm rear spacing, with Gold Logo
on the Skewer
- Seatpost binder bolt
- Headset: 1" threaded
- Bottom Bracket
- Dust Cap Tool Engraved with 50th logo
- Brake cables/housing, 2 shift cables, derailleur coil housing
- Certificate membership card
- Inner blue plastic component holders, black outer carrying
Here is the group open ....as you can see I am missing hubs;
if anyone has any 50th hubs (32 hole Italian thread but I
am not fussy, or complete wheels) please
let me know. ***
my reproductions of some of the packaging >>>
Note: The groupset didn't have a specific BB & Headset.
The Headset was Super Record. The BB seems to be a matter
of some debate:
I got the below message from Nigel @ CampyOldy.com
"I could no longer contain my curiosity and found
my 50th group #3725 has normal steel cups & axle NR BB
set. H/set is alloy SR as expected. Its a BSC threads set
not surprisingly as I bought it from an importer, there would
have been very low demand for IT thread sets here 30yrs ago.
It is perfectly possible that Camp put Tita sets in say IT
sets for a while, who knows; no-one still working there for
The only NOS set I have examined contained a NR BB with steel
There were also a number of pantographed stems produced.
50th Anniversary Pantographed Stem - 3TTT Criterium
*** 2014 Update:
I finally have found a 32h ITA thread rear hub so my second
set is now complete; at some point I guess I should take the
photo of the boxed group again. Below are the hubs ...
Below is a Photo Gallery of my 50th parts which also shows
them mounted on my 1984
Pinarello Montello that gets ridden every week (as long
as the weather is OK)
Very early versions of the group were supplied as below;
these were the images used in the adverts.
I have no idea if these were shipped like this or were just
prototype groups used for the advert photoshoot.
Other Web Pages about the 50th Group:
Forum Discussion >>>
A Promotional Poster was also released
The Groupset has also inspired artists.
The drawings were done by Roger Watt http://watt-art.com/ and have been reproduced below with his permission.
This is what he said about his "model" ...
Back in 1984, I had a bike built for me by Paulo Garbini at the Soho Cycle Shop in London's Soho which incorporated the 50th Anniversary Groupset. The metallic crimson Columbus frame carried Paulo's own decals and the forks were stamped with "PG".
The Groupset has also inspired photographers.
There was also an art poster produced based on the groupset.
The photographer was Michael Furman and it was printed by
Scandecor of W.Germany.
I have one of these up on the wall in the garage :-)
There was also a promotional pin badge made ... (shown below)
I also have a pair of 50th toestrap buttons (from http://www.vintageluxurybicycles.com/)
plus some 50th rim decals (from http://www.vintageluxurybicycles.com/)
Bike Forum discussion here >>>
Below are photos of the 50th parts fitted to my
The 50th set did not have a specific BB, it came with Super
Record (below is a Nuovo record BB on my Montello)
I need one of these pivot caps ...
The missing pivot cap has been replaced by a custom made
nut by Paul Manning and his colleges at Allen Brothers. A
far superior solution than the dome nut.
A great replica version, thank you chaps.
The 50th set did not have a specific headset, it came with
Super Record, below is actually a C Record on my bike.