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#1 2012-08-01 1:28am

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1978 Peugeot CPX-500

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1978 Peugeot CPX-500

The Only One I've Ever Seen!

This frame is an aluminum alloy looptail Peugeot CPX-500.  Many companies had contracts with Race Inc. including FMF, Laguna, Cycle Pro and even a few European companies, who were getting involved with BMX at the time, like Raleigh/Rampar and yes, Peugeot
The frame was most likely welded by Bill Bastian at Race Inc.  According to Brian Hays (scientific expert on Race Inc.) the frame was probably built in '78/'79 and is the only one he has ever seen sporting original decals.  Brian also recalls an ad offering these frames, sold as a frame only, never offered as a complete bike.
Considering the serial # (500500),  I would venture to say that it may be the first Race Inc built Peugeot CPX-500 ever made but I also have to wonder how many of these frames were ever made for Peugeot?  I'm not sure if I will try to build this up with matching faded red anodized parts or not.  Hays told me that if I tried to re-anodize it, he would kill me, so I promised not to touch the original finish and decals. 
**update**
I have come across another CPX-500 which has the bi-secting weld on the "floval" tube, which would actually pre-date this frame, meaning this frame could be a later prototype version or something.  The latest CPX-500 frame looks exactly like the frame in the Peugeot flyer.  Unfortunately it is not sporting OG decals but was sold by Everything Bicycles, a top Peugeot dealer at the time.
Flyer photo is courtesy of Daryl Larson (thank you).  I now have this flyer in my possesion.
 


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#2 2012-08-01 12:38pm

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

Super cool .... and just as rare ... Aluminum frame was not that common at all back then either !


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#3 2012-08-01 1:16pm

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

cool


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#4 2012-08-04 7:59am

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

I wondered who ended up with that. I bid on it out to about 250.00 and bowed out. Very nice grab though. I'm not one normally for sticking frames in display/shadow boxes BUT I think in this case I would probably try to find a semi matching fork and shadow box this one.


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#5 2012-08-17 8:57am

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#6 2012-08-20 10:21pm

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

Thank you, gentleman! smile


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#7 2012-08-28 6:53pm

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

Yeah, I'm with Brian. lol

Leave it alone.

It is awesome just like it sits. cool


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#8 2012-10-09 8:58am

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

Glad to see someone in the museum won it and put it in the bike list ! You out bid me on it as I wanted it for my Peugeot collection and to make sure it wouldn't get lost and forgotten about. Please keep us updated as you find information about it. I did a lot of research on it while the auction was going on. The fonts in the decals are correct but I’ve never seen Peugeot BMX decals like those. It would be amazing if someone found some paper work for it out there or at Race Inc. I couldn't find any catalog references for this bike but it's very possible Race Inc built it for Peugeot in a bidding war with other contractors and Peugeot took the business somewhere else for whatever reason. It's completely possible this was the only one ever produced.


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#9 2012-10-17 5:23pm

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Good stuff man cool


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#10 2012-11-03 5:54pm

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

Coast Wheels (CW) had a blue and gold CPX500 on a stand when you walked in the door. They were my sponsor shop and I drooled every time I went in for tune up's or to pick parts up.
I have an original blue with chrome non-leading edge forks that I plan to make into the display bike.

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#11 2012-11-04 12:12am

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

bwheels wrote:

Coast Wheels (CW) had a blue and gold CPX500 on a stand when you walked in the door. They were my sponsor shop and I drooled every time I went in for tune up's or to pick parts up.
I have an original blue with chrome leading edge forks that I plan to make into the display bike.

So awesome, can't wait to see it cool


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#12 2012-11-04 12:51am

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

wow. THIS is what the museum is for. Killer

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#13 2013-01-17 3:32am

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

I believe your frame is a 1977 . I say this because in the Boys Life Magazine September 1977 page 26-27 there is a full page shot of a FMF rider and the frame is the same also I own the same frame and I have the Peugeot bars witht the orriginal dealer  brochure on the CPX - 500 . I looked at all the fine print and there is no date on it anywere . It looks like the CPX-500 also came im anodized gold . It also Has the CPX-300 that is a steel MX frame that was in red or blue

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#14 2013-01-17 5:38am

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Moejo wrote:

I believe your frame is a 1977 . I say this because in the Boys Life Magazine September 1977 page 26-27 there is a full page shot of a FMF rider and the frame is the same also I own the same frame and I have the Peugeot bars witht the orriginal dealer  brochure on the CPX - 500 . I looked at all the fine print and there is no date on it anywere . It looks like the CPX-500 also came im anodized gold . It also Has the CPX-300 that is a steel MX frame that was in red or blue

Anyway you could scan those pictures in? I would love to see them.


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#15 2013-01-17 10:43am

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

Leviathan wrote:

bwheels wrote:

Coast Wheels (CW) had a blue and gold CPX500 on a stand when you walked in the door. They were my sponsor shop and I drooled every time I went in for tune up's or to pick parts up.
I have an original blue with chrome leading edge forks that I plan to make into the display bike.

So awesome, can't wait to see it cool

I'm kind of waiting on you to measure the decals for me so I can get them going before building what will be a 17th bike in my 2-1/2 car garage that still hold 2 cars. PLEASE!


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#16 2013-01-19 2:43pm

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

Moejo wrote:

I believe your frame is a 1977 . I say this because in the Boys Life Magazine September 1977 page 26-27 there is a full page shot of a FMF rider and the frame is the same also I own the same frame and I have the Peugeot bars witht the orriginal dealer  brochure on the CPX - 500 . I looked at all the fine print and there is no date on it anywere . It looks like the CPX-500 also came im anodized gold . It also Has the CPX-300 that is a steel MX frame that was in red or blue

Is that the picture of the brochure above in Ron's profile of the bike or is there something more also?

Sweet brochure dude.

Last edited by mxfan69 (2013-01-19 2:51pm)


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#17 2013-01-19 8:36pm

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

Thats it . It has more on the other side

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#18 2013-03-02 1:32am

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

Moejo wrote:

I believe your frame is a 1977 . I say this because in the Boys Life Magazine September 1977 page 26-27 there is a full page shot of a FMF rider and the frame is the same also I own the same frame and I have the Peugeot bars witht the orriginal dealer  brochure on the CPX - 500 . I looked at all the fine print and there is no date on it anywere . It looks like the CPX-500 also came im anodized gold . It also Has the CPX-300 that is a steel MX frame that was in red or blue

Moelo, the frame in that Boys Life shot is a '76 FMF Pro. Although there are similarities to this frame to the naked eye, there are many differences as well. Note the oval hole on front gusset, the bisecting weld on bottom oval (floval) tube and the abscence of a brake bridge on that FMF.  For these reasons, I believe my CPX-500 to be slightly later.  The oval (or floval) tube is one piece on my CPX-500, which based on what I've read, the tooling to make this in one peice (no welding) started in '78.

"When FMF was in the BMX business, the lug was formed by a rolled section of flat stock that weled to form a "floval" shaped tube."

"When SE Racing brought out a line of frames, that lug was made from a section of seamless floval tubing. Floval aluminum tubing didn't exist in BMX until SE Racing because it was SE that paid Alcoa to create tooling ot create the floval tubing". -Bill

"SE started offering frames in mid 78, I believe". -Brian Hayes

So simply put, bisecting weld = '76-'77, no bisecting weld = '78+

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#19 2013-03-02 6:40pm

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

man I love 70's bmx


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#20 2013-04-02 6:08pm

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

And another chapter on Bill Bastain's RA-7... beautiful piece of BMX history.

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#21 2013-04-03 7:57am

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

When do we get to see the new addition that a few of us know about wink ?


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#22 2013-06-18 11:57pm

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

I can't find much on these frames but I did locate this:

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#23 2013-06-19 3:15am

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#24 2013-07-17 9:50am

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

I thought I'd put this up for you.  This is the earliest ad I've seen for the Peugeot RA 7.

From BMX Action, Feb 1977, pg 16

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#25 2013-07-27 12:21am

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Re: 1978 Peugeot CPX-500

Oaktown Massive wrote:

I thought I'd put this up for you.  This is the earliest ad I've seen for the Peugeot RA 7.

NICE!!  Thanks Bro, that's amazing! One of the earlier Race Inc built frames too ('76?).

FMF obviously wasn't the only BMX company feeling that Bastian love during that time frame.


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