In the 1970s ,Peugeots were imported into Australia by the gazillion,Gitanes by the squillion. Merciers and Motobecanes almost never, probably, only privately by citizens returning from overseas.I had to pinch myself when this 1973 Mercier came up on ebay recently, only 20k away. It's a pretty basic bike, a little rough around the edges. I'll give it the slow-schlepper makeover for the time being.New cranks,wheels chain etc and then wait and see what happens.I know that decals are available, but re-painting would take something away,hey? And besides,I like the character given by it's naturally aged patina.