Panasonic Team America (1985 - 1987)
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Example Model: 1986 Team America
Brand: Panasonic
Frame Model: Panasonic Team America
Category: Road Race
Years: 1985 - 1987
Built In: Japan
Production: Individual Hand Built
Sold As: Complete Bicycle
Material: Steel
Construction: Lugged
Drivetrain: Derailleurs
Wheel Size: 700c
Added By: zeringer on 03/28/12
Updated By: zeringer on 03/28/12
ConstructionLuggedBottom BracketEnglish/ISO: 1.370 x 24
Wheel Size700cBrake Mounting
Rear DropoutsSeat Stays
Main TubingColumbus SPFork TubingColumbus SL
Brake BridgeFork StyleCurved Blades
Derailleur Cable RoutingUnder Bottom BracketBrake Guides3x Double Loop style on top tube
Fork Crown Style  
General Information
The Team America featured here was the 2nd model from the top after the Team Europe model in 1986. The 1986 Team America model came with a full Dura Ace component group and lovely Araya Aero 4 tubular wheels. The three color paint job is perhaps one of Panasonic’s more attractive designs. I wanted one of these for many years… since 1986 to be exact! The only problem was that I had never actually seen one anywhere other than in the bike shop catalog back in the day. I have been watching ebay and other sites for quite some time and never saw one for sale. I sort of figured that perhaps this bike was a bit of a unicorn within the Panasonic line. You see pictures but can’t be sure they actually exist. Well, during mid May of 2008 the unicorn bike became a reality. I spotted one on ebay and was determined to own it as long as the price didn’t go up to insane levels. As luck may have it, I won the auction and the bike is now sitting over my left shoulder. I spent several evenings going through everything in order to get it “museum clean”. It turns out that I had in fact purchased the bike from the original owner. The bike was originally purchased from a now defunct Schwinn/Panasonic dealer in East Liberty, Pennsylvania called The Bike Barn.
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Head Badge
Head Badge:1986 Panasonic headbadge
Badge Type:Painted or Decal
Frame Types:Vintage Lightweights
Frame Types:1980's
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