A friend (thanks Steve) has pointed out to me an interesting article on Picasa, reproducing part of the May 1976 Design Magazine. This has an ad. showing a Viscount Aerospace Pro (GB£115 - about US$188 at today's rate of exchange). It mentions the Aerospace range starting with a bike for just under GB£80 (US$131). What model would that have been? Sounds like incredibly good value, even in 1976. At this time the Viscount brand was being produced by 'Viscount-Trusty Ltd.' of Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, UK. (Potters Bar is on the outskirts of London.)
Also from the magazine is a one page article on the Viscount Aerospace bikes that has interesting photographs of a Viscount bottom bracket, pedal and hub that have been sectionalized to show how they were made. The article quotes Cycling magazine as saying that the Aerospace Pro could be used for 'road-racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, training and touring'. It also mentions a competition model made by Trusty, 'slightly lighter' but twice the price. Does anyone know what bike that was? Any pictures or descriptions?
Many thanks to 'ichibyoshi', who posted this very interesting document. His (could be 'her' I know) other pictures and name suggest a home in Japan. My thoughts are with you and other citizens of Japan and countries of the Pacific whose lives, homes and livelihoods are threatened by the earthquake and tsunami that happened today.