Despite being the spitting image of the 1973 Shimano Crane, the 1985 Sachs-Huret New Success was a huge step forward from its Huret antecedants. Crucially, for Sachs-Huret’s new flagship derailleur, it sported lots of aluminium, only the rear parallelogram plate was a pressing, the other parts were castings, it had a dropped parallelogram (although without any slant). And, finally, real care and attention had been paid to finish, with silky anodising and well chromed small parts.
It was a demonstration by Sachs that they were no longer interested in the ‘French tradition’ of (mostly odd) derailleur design, and were determined to compete with the best in the world - the Japanese.
A good effort - but it is hard to catch up a couple of decades in a single bound.
As with any derailleur bearing the Huret name there are a bewildering number of tiny and meaningless variations of this basic design.
This, rather lovely, example displays the following features:
Note that the smattering of grey colour used on this model pre-figures the all grey look of the later Sachs-Huret New Success ARIS (47.2D).