Frame numbers​

The frame number of your Champion Mondial can be found hiding underneath the bottom bracket.

Before 1974 the Champion Mondials appear to have been numbered in conjunction with the 'ordinary' Gazelle bicycles, as this graph shows. In 1974 the Champion Mondial continues this sequence while the other bicycles adopt a new numbering scheme. The frame numbers before 1974 in the table below are approximations taken from a special edition of the magazine 'de oude fiets'. The frame numbers from 1974 onwards are the actual numbers from the files at the Gazelle factory.

frame numbers 
year  additional information
1985001 - 2096000   
1966   
Gazelle 'Race' model
2096001 - 2213000
1967
2213001 - 2335000 1968
2335001 - 2463000 1969 the name 'Champion Mondial' appears after Harm Ottenbros took the 1969 world championships on the Zolder circuit on a Gazelle Race 
2463001 - 2597000 1970
2597001 - 2737000 1971
2737001 - 2885000 1972
2885001 - 3040000 1973
3040001 - 3172301 1974 the earliest registration still on file at the factory dates from the 20th of august 1974: nr. 3170693
3172302 - 3177611 1975
3177612 - 3186884 1976
3186885 - 3201295 1977
3201296 - 3216704 1978
3216705 - 3242099 1979
3242100 - 3259884 1980
3259885 - 3271845 1981
3271846 - 3276827 1982
3276828 - 3281506 1983
3281507 - 3285387 1984
3285388 - 3293780 1985
3293781 - 3298623 1986
3298624 - 3314981 1987
3314982 - 3322041 1988
3322042 - 33…… 1989
0……… 1990 in 1990 Gazelle changed the numbering system, the first digit of the frame number refers to the last digit of the year
1……… 1991
2……… 1992
3……… 1993 frame numbers starting with '3' could also date from before the 1990's, check frame details for the correct construction year
4……… 1994
5……… 1995 the last year that the frames wear the 'Champion Mondial' name on the top tube
6……… 1996
7……… 1997 the last year that the 'Champion Mondial' name is mentioned in the brochure
1998 from 1998 onwards, a combination of frame number and type determines the year of construction*
1999
2000
2001
2002 the last year that Gazelle had a steel racing frame in their line-up
* for more information please consult the brochures section on this site or contact Gazelle at info@gazelle.nl


Finding the frame number

 

The frame number of a Gazelle Champion Mondial is on the underside the bottom bracket shell as seen on this frame dating from 1979.


The frame in the first picture is exceptionally clearly marked. More often than not are one or more digits barely visible. Frames from the mid seventies are notorious for a next to invisible second digit '1'. The 1975er frames in the next two pictures demonstrate this fault.

My decals and paintjob do not match the frame number!

If your Champion Mondial has an earlier frame number than the decals and paintjob suggest then it was probably repainted at some time. It was very common practice back in the 1980s, early '90s to have your frame repainted at the Gazelle factory after a couple of years of use. Sometimes the opportunity was seized as well to add some braze-ons such as brake cable stops/eyelets or a front derailleur boss that were not available at the time the frame was originally produced.