Picked up this Fuji Special Road Racer today. Serial number is K8J03732, which, according to the Fuji Serial Number Database, dates this as a 1973.
The Special Road Racer was the previous name of the well-known S10-S and for some period was referred to by both names. This one was acquired from the original owner, and other than the bar tape and tires, appears completely stock. Light surface rust, it appears to be succumbing to Maryland's summertime humidity. Overall, has the appearance of a bike that has been in storage a long time.
Paint and decals are excellent, chrome is good, there is one problem area on the non-drive side chain stay with some bubbling, but other than that, looks like it will clean up nicely.
I was going to name this post, "Welcome Back, Cotter", but it turns out not to have the cottered steel cranks I assumed it would, but alloy swaged Suginos with three arm spiders.
In general, there is much more alloy on this bike than I had assumed - the Nitto B115 bars and Ukai rims are alloy as well. Seatpost is steel, as are the rat trap pedals.
The wheels, not only having alloy Ukais (with nice surviving decals) have very handsome Sansin high flange hubs. Very similar hubs were later sold as Suntour VX high flange hubs for a brief period.
The Nitto Hi-Crown stem, aka "I-Beam", is a nice touch. Some bikes, they look odd and clunky, but they work on this one.
The front derailleur is Suntour Compe-V, rear is Suntour V-GT luxe. Controlling these are nice rubber hooded Suntour downtube clampons, note the brazed on pump mounts.
Headset has a knurled upper cup and a shapely locknut. There is lug pinstriping, also replicated at seat cluster.
Forged dropouts with threaded M-5 eyelets, dually in the rear. They do not have an integrated derailleur hangar, unfortunately. The minor rust seen here is typical of the chrome plating on this bike, other than the problem area on one chain stay.
Christophe toe clips have an art deco feel to their label.
Oh yeah, you didn't think I was going to forget to mention the original Fujita Belt leather saddle? It appears supple/ridable and was never tensioned beyond the original setting. Some abrasion here and there, but definitely usable and good looking. It would be nice to get the handlebar tape to mimic this honey/brown color, yellow Velox with a few coats of amber shellac may do the trick.
One last parting shot of a bike that is quite likely to become a keeper.