It takes a special OTS to carry you through a rainy hump-day like this. Darin‘s 1986 Panasonic Team America will get the job done in style even if you refuse to ride this “cupboard queen” in the rain! Be sure to stop by Darin’s excellent site: http://panasonicbikemuseum.info
I had sent you some pics of my ’88 Panasonic DX-5000 and ’83 AR-6000 but I guess I hadn’t sent you pics of my favorite Panasonic, my 1986 Panasonic Team America. Took me a while to get around to shooting new pics of the bike as it is usually on display in my kitchen above the cupboards. (What, doesn’t every cyclist/collector do that?)
Anyhow, back in 1985 I got a Panasonic Team bicycle for my 11th birthday (yeah, you’ll get pics of that too someday) and that is what got me interested in the bikes. I picked up the 1986 catalog on a visit to my nearby dealer and instantly fell in love with the Team America from that year. Of course being 11 going on 12, I wasn’t exactly flush with cash so the Team America was just a distant pipe dream for me at the time… along with the other high end Italian bikes I dreamed of.
Oddly, I kept coming back to the Team America and would check on eBay from time to time just to see what might be out there. I just NEVER saw them for sale, so you can imagine my reaction when this bike turned up on eBay a couple years ago. I nearly fell off my chair! It looked to be in great shape and I just had to get it. When it arrived I cleaned it up, put on new tires, a new Dura Ace chain, NOS brake hoods, and handlebar wrap and it was just like new. It literally looks like it came out of a time capsule!
Thanks again Darin