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Gillott Fleur de Lis - 1957

Posted: Thursday 13th August 2020

Owned By: Peter Underwood

FrameGillott Fleur de Lis - 1957 - frame no. 574698; seat tube 23" C to T, top tube 23" C to C; 73° head - 71° seat tube angles, 17½" chainstays; 5/16" seatstays with fluted topeyes; rear track ends (mudguard eyes) Reynolds 531 DB tubing; round fork blades with Simplex ends (mudguard eyes)
Re- finished by Mario Vaz (London) in black with white head and seat panel. Chrome ends and fork crown; drilled fork crown and seat stay bridge (reinforced) for brakes. One of a pair of Gillotts built by Ron Cooper for the original owner. The second frame was a 1957 Gillott track - frame no. 574752; Nervex Professional lugs; Seat tube 22½", top tube 22½" Round fork blades with Simplex ends, RJB fork crown. Blue with 'Gillott' in hand-painted block letters on down tube.
WheelsHarden large flange Bacon Slicer hubs - 32/40 - rear single fixed - 15/17 double butted spokes - Dunlop Light Alloy HP rims - Continental tyres
Or with original wheels having cut down large-flange (to small flange) double-fixed Chater-Lea hubs with unknown 27" alloy HP rims 32/40 with 15/17 DB spokes.
Chainset Chater-Lea two-arm chainset, with single 48T x 1/8" chainring. On original Bayliss Wiley bottom bracket
PedalsLyotard Marcel Berthet 23 (MB23) with Christoph toeclips and straps
GearsSingle-speed fixed
BrakesGB Coureur - front only
Stem/Bars Holdsworth special steel lugged stem 1951 Cyclone de Luxe numbered 9072 (This would be the number of a matching frame. Un-numbered stems were stock items). with alloy Maes bars. Black tape.
Saddle Brooks B17 (oval badge) on 27.2 alloy post
Extra DetailsThis frame was owned from new by a good friend of mine who recently passed away. He purchsed it with a payment from the army when he returned home from military service in Korea. Whilst overseas, the army kept most of the wages due and paid a small weekly allowance. On return to Blighty in 1957 Ken (Hogg) had a fair lump sum due to him and he bought two Gillotts, this one for himself and another - with Nervex Professional lugs, for his wife. The frames were custom built to their specifications.

Ken was delighted when they were told that they were to return home to the UK from Korea. However, the hardship was not complete because, whilst sailing home through the Med in the troopship Windrush, Ken ended up swimming for hours before being rescued when the engines exploded and the ship sank. In December 2014 while I was restoring this machine, a memorial was opened to those who died in "The Forgotten War", sadly Ken missed this as it really was a forgotten war here in the UK and the troops fought for years in appalling conditions.

Paintwork was done by Mario Vaz in London. Plating by Prestige Plating.
Thanks for reading

Posted: Thursday 13th August 2020

Owned By: Peter Underwood

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