1980 Eddy Merckx
  Eddy Merckx founded the eponymously named Eddy Merckx Cycles in March, 1980 with   
  the first bicycles built under the guidance and tutelage of Ugo De Rosa.

                               
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These early frames featured seat stay caps with the Eddy Merckx
signature and "Eddy Merckx" flat fork crown. They were sold as
complete bicycles with pantographed components.
This bicycle's bottom bracket lacks a
serial number and is of the same
slotted style as seen in this photo of
Eddy Merckx in his factory