The 50th Anniversary Groupset Campagnolo 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”.
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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 “membership card”.
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 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.