The ITALVEGA brand bicycle line was designed, imported, marketed and sold by Ben Lawee (19262002) in California from about 1970 until the late 1970s.  Starting as a bike shop owner, Lawee imported Bianchi and Legnano bicycles, and was a distributor for Raleigh and Motobecane. Lawee also created the Univega and Bertoni bicycle brands.
   These Italvega bikes were built by Torpado in Padua, Italy; this company was owned by the Torresini family. When Italvega ceased production, Lawee had his new brand, Univega, made in Japan.

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Italvega models offered
Viva Sport
(entry model)
 Nuovo Strada, Gran Rally Super Record Super Light
(top level)
Nuovo Sport Gran Turismo, Nuovo Record Super Speciale  

1973 ITALVEGA  model SuperLight
Very few (if any!) stock bicycles came with these "drillium" components

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