Having a hard time getting reliable search results on "Le Tour" so sorry if this has been dealt with on other posts.
My teenage bike was a 1974 opaque blue Schwinn Le Tour. I believe this was the first year Le Tours were available; my parents really shelled out for that bike as a birthday gift and an upgrade from my lemon yellow Manta Ray. I adored that Le Tour the way only a teenager can adore a bike. When I returned from freshman year of college to find my father had been riding it and left it unlocked in our garage with predictable results - well, I've forgiven him, but I've never forgotten that bicycle.
Now in middle age I've become freshly smitten with bicycling, and while the 1984 Raleigh Alyeska I bought to replace the Le Tour is still in loyal service and has become a classic at least in my mind, I have an urge to revisit my youth and make an opaque blue 1974 Le Tour my first vintage bicycle acquisition and project. Questions:
1) How hard would it be to find such a bike and what would be the reasonable price range for something rideable and improvable? One went not long ago on Ebay for $60 but I've seen old Le Tours for hundreds on Craigslist.
2) Would this be a project worth undertaking or is my memory romanticizing the bike? What is the reputation of the early Le Tour? Cheapo or classic or somewhere in between? How would it compare to my Raleigh? The verdicts online seem to be mixed.
Opinions welcome, thanks.