The modern iteration of Wilier’s La Triestina is as different to its forebear as Alfa Romeo’s Spider is to a Tipo 33 — but at least the racing pedigree still runs through their veins. Wilier is an abbreviation for ‘Viva l’Italia Libera e Redenta': Long live Italy, liberated and redeemed. This immaculate, copper-plated example, currently offered for sale by Eroica Cicli, is a fine example of the Italian style.
Eroica Cicli, purveyors of fine Italian racing bicycles and accessories, are proud to state that the Triestina Tipo is “one of the rarest vintage bicycle ever”. Wilier fans will certainly agree, as the Gioiello Ramato (Copper Jewel) finish is identified with the marque as celeste is with Bianchi. You’d be hard pressed to find such a prime specimen in original condition.
Regaled completely in Campagnolo Nuovo Record, this Tipo also sports pantographed branding, wherever there’s room: all over the seat post, stem and chainring. Even the brake levers bear the iconic ‘W’ and fleur de lys. Apparently Wilier Triestina deemed it worthwhile to reintroduce the frame in their 2010 range, but it has disappeared again from their lineup. Catch the original at Eroica Cicli.