Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cinelli, Super Corsa or Speciale Corsa?

Yesterday's article featured a bike with the less seen "Speciale Corsa" decal.

Correspondence between Steven Maasland and Andrea Cinelli, son of Cino Cinelli, sheds light on the significance of the SC on Cinelli bikes, and the difference between a Speciale Corsa and a Super Corsa. His response was:

Andrea Cinelli wrote, "Le etichette "Speciale Corsa" e "Super Corsa" identificano lo stesso modello di telaio o bici: venivavo abbreviate "S.C.", in cui la "S" indicava "Speciale" o "Super", mentre la "C" indicava "Corsa", per differenziare il modello più economico: "modello B"."

Translation: "The labels Speciale Corsa and Super Corsa identified the same model of frame or bike: they were abbreviated "S.C.", in which the "S" indicated "Speciale" or "Super", whereas the "C" indicated "Corsa", to differentiate from the more economical model, the "Modello B."

Andrea Cinelli, regarding Speciale vs. Super, continued, "Avevamo temporaneamente esaurito un' etichetta e per un equivoco dello stampatore la lettera "S" ha avuto due significati diversi. Errori simili succedevano in passato anche con i francobolli con grande "soddisfazione" dei collezionisti che lucravano prezzi più alti sul mercato."

Translation: "We had temporarily run out of a label and due to a printer's error, the letter "S" had two different meanings. Similar errors have also happened in the past with postage stamps to the great "satisfaction" of collectors who have sought more lucrative prices on the market."

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2 comments:

  1. I gather from the article that Super Corsa is correct and Speciale Corsa was the label printer's error.
    Michael

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