Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - Need help figuring out my Schwinn Le Tour.
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02-18-12, 06:39 PM
Hope you all are doing well! First time poster and I have a few questions.
I recently bought a Japanese Schwinn Le Tour for my local grocery-getter/commuter bike and was trying to figure out what year it is. I found a number on the back wheel bracket that looks like it says either AH03288 / AH33288 / 4H03288. I am not too sure. I have attached some pictures to help with the process. I paid $50 for the bike, was that too much? Excited to get into the world of cycling and thank you for taking the time to read this!
02-18-12, 06:50 PM
Don't know the year but that is a nice bike for $50.00
02-18-12, 06:56 PM
No you didn't pay to much $50 is a good price for this bike. Somewhat basic Schwinn 10 speeds like this seem to sell for $100-150 in good condition fairly regularly on CL.
02-18-12, 06:58 PM
I am seeing Jan of 1972. Looks pretty clean, should make a good daily rider.
02-18-12, 07:30 PM
I am having trouble finding a 1972 Le Tour phamplet, some websites dont even have a Le Tour listed in '72. Also, why is it that my badge does not have a number on it, like most Japanse Schwinn badges. Thanks again for all your help! Have a wonderful day.
why is it that my badge does not have a number on it, like most Japanse Schwinn badges.
Quality control (the lack of). A lot of them are missing the date code.
Schwinn LeTour does show up in the 1974 catalog, where it is called a "new model".
02-18-12, 08:28 PM
Haha. That's interesting. So would this be a 1974 model, considering the frame #?
02-18-12, 08:32 PM
Schwinn started marketing the LeTours in most places 1975 the majority of the LeTours where sold during the late 70's when it was one of Schwinns best selling models. Yours appears to be a late 70's addition if your looking for a phamplet or other info online.
02-18-12, 08:43 PM
Wonderful! How could I go about finding the exact year?
02-18-12, 11:48 PM
Are there any numbers and letters stamped into the bottom of the head tube ?( I was also under the impression that 1974 was the first year for the LeTour.)
02-19-12, 12:05 AM
1974 was the first model year of the Le Tours, but production actually began in late 1973 by National/Panasonic in Japan.
The OP's bike is almost certainly a 1974 because the decals match the '74 Le Tour and the "4" in the serial number.
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.
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, so "4H" would be August 1974.
02-19-12, 11:46 AM
Thank you so much for the help! I looked at the serial number from all angles and it is most def. a "4" and not an "A." So it looks like 4H03288 - 1974 Schwinn Le Tour! Thank you so much for all the help! So, this was made by Panasonic for Schwinn, eh? I can't wait to take this baby apart and clean it!
02-19-12, 12:01 PM
Thank you so much for all the help! So, this was made by Panasonic for Schwinn, eh?
You're most welcome; happy to help. And yes, it was made by National/Panasonic for Schwinn.
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