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10-11-11, 04:05 PM
What year would a Le Tour be with serial number G300346 on the rear dropouts? Im having a heck of a time figuring this one out!
10-11-11, 04:58 PM
Use the number stamped in the headbadge. Schwinn used a 4 digit code. The first three digits were the day of the year and the fourth was the last digit of the year.
10-11-11, 05:15 PM
Could be a July 1983 LeTour. A better way to tell for certain would be to post pictures, especially of the decals. The changes in the decals easily narrows the year.
10-11-11, 05:48 PM
I agree with Pastor Bob; it's most likely July, 1983. Since the Le Tour was introduced as a 1974 model late in 1973, it's unlikely to be '73. As Pastor Bob says, the decals will tell us which decade.
From Schwinn Bulletin 23, "Schwinn Bicycle Identification Numbers":
Bicycles from Japan have a production month letter in either the first or second position and a production year number in the other (first or second) position. Examples J677123 = September, 1976, 6J77123 = September, 1976.
Le Tour (and Super Le Tour) numbers (1978-80 and 1982 on) include the letter “S” with a production month letter followed by a series on numbers, the first one telling the year of production (8-1978, 0-1980). Example SC94653-March, 1979.
A=January, B=February, C=March, D=April, E=May, F=June, G=July, H=August, I=Not Used, J=September, K=October, L=November, M=December
10-11-11, 05:59 PM
Here are the '83 catalog pictures of the Le Tour Luxe and Le Tour:
...and here's the '74 which would have a "Schwinn Approved" head badge:
10-11-11, 06:38 PM
Yes i believe thats the one. I have a pic but its on my iphone.
10-11-11, 07:04 PM
So is an 83' a good one? Is it a Chicago made one or Japan?