Staying with a soft theme of White European Marques brings us to today’s OTS sent in by Dave C in Winnipeg Canada. This is his Mercier Special Tour de France which, surprisingly enough, is not the first of its kind in the OTSG.
This is actually a Mercier 15 speed bike. I have had trouble finding out any information about this particular model. It has the standard Mercier features, Mafac racer brakes, Simplex derailleur, Hutchison tires, etc. but was outfitted as a light touring bike. It has full chrome fenders, luggage racks , and a generator for powering a headlight and tail light. The 15 speeds also seems to make it a little more unique. This bike was purchased in the late 70’s as a replacement for the same model that was stolen from my garage. The original was from the early 70’s and had the same features except for a leather seat instead of vinyl. I have no idea of the current value of the bike and whether a collector would be interested. It has been stored in my garage for the last 30 years but not been ridden since the early 80’s.