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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!
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.
Bikes: Current 79 Nishiki Royal, Jeunet 620, 59 Crown Royal, notable previous bikes P.K. Ripper loop tail, Kawahara Laser Lite, Paramount Track full chrome, Raliegh Internatioanl, Motobecan Super Mirage.
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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.
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.
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!