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Up until the late 1970's, Crescent racing bikes were common in the
USA.
The top model was inexplicably named the "Pepita Special."  In
this period, Crescent also briefly offered a stainless steel tubing bike,

 with painted Nervex lugs (the stainless steel tubes were polished.)

We are seeking nice photos of stock & original Crescent pro bikes, especially of the stainless version.
Updated 3.26.2012

       "From early 1960s, Crescent and Monark was actually the same bikes but with different colour, decals, badges, etc.  They were the dominant brands in Swedish racing and also sold a lot in Norway and ... Finland.
      The famous Pettersson brothers, with three consecutive TTT worlds titles 1967-1969 rode these bikes, two of them (Erik and Sture) on the orange Crescents while Gösta and Thomas rode the light blue Monark. Gösta won the 1971 Giro d'Italia on a Monark although that was a custom made bike, (said to be) De Rosa, painted blue. (Dirty joke of the late 70's: "Do you know what the queen and Gösta Pettersson has in common? - The both have a Monark 'tween their legs")"
        "In the late seventies the company marketed Crescent as the top end quality bike while Monark became a budget brand and was out of racing. This is still the case..(but) last year there once again was a Monark road racer on the market, at budget price. ..... I ride a 1968 Monark with Campy bar end gear changers and other goodies."
       "Today Crescent & Monark are two brands in a Swedish owned bike conglomerate including also Bianchi, Gitane and the Peugeot cycling division as well as Norwegian DBS and the group is the biggest on the European market."

                                           Tomas Nilsson, Arvika, Sweden

Influential ads:
 Showing a team rider in apres cycle attire..

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The traditional wrap around
 head badge.
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Catalog illustration of
 1970 Pepita Special bike
Thanks to Randall Robertson

....of
 
stainless steel bikes

....of
 Pepita Special

Randall Robertson's bicycle circa 1970

              

Johan Ericson's pro Crescent bicycle

Peter Hällström's late 1960s roadster.

Another "roadster" model

      

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