Campagnolo Gran Turismo Rear Derailleur: Long Cage - Touring - 1970's (Mint, or NOS Take-Off)
The Gran Turismo was Campy's first venture into high capacity touring derailleurs, introduced in 1971. This had an enormous cog capacity, up to 36t freewheels! It has a quite heavy spring pull, a la the infamous Huret Alvit. Its cages could be used as weapons, and the red jewel front facing nuts make for quite a beautiful showpiece. Quite a radical departure as far as design from most everything else Campagnolo has made.
There are rumors Schwinn asked Campagnolo to make the GT for their Paramount Touring, Sports Tourer. That lasted until 1974, when Schwinn started using the Schwinn-badged Shimano Eagle and Campy released the 1st Gen Rally long cage. These were the dual death notes for the beautiful and dangerous GT RD, yet it lives on in infamy and intrigue.
Mint barely used, or a new old stock take off? This one shows only one sign of use, chain rub on the inner face of the outer cage plate by the upper pulley If you clean out the deep corners this will be absolutely show bike worthy.
- Long cage
- Chromed steel