I picked up a bike recently and I am having a difficult time trying to determine the model. It is definitely a Schwinn. Serial #J0 14534 which puts it at Sep of 1960. The bike has been repainted dark green over an original blue and has poorly applied decals indicating it as a Fair Lady.
Here's a link to the 1960 Schwinn catalog.
The frame is the same ladies type for all of the following models; Fair Lady, Co-Ed, Starlet, Debutante, Hollywood, Spitfire and Tornado (non-tank versions). There are two key differences between the first 5 and the last two. One is that the far left end of the chain guard on the first 5 comes to a non-90 degree angle and extends past the right seat stay and on the last two, the left end of the chain guard is a 90 degree angle and does not extend past the right seat stay. Also, on the first 5, the top of the fork has a chrome cover that fits over the top with points coming down the sides of the fork (about 1 1/4"). This piece is removable. The last two do not have this chrome piece. You can see all of this in the catalog pictures.
Here's the mystery. Everyone of the 7 bikes was available in blue, so no help there. However, the chain guard on this bike is of the variety seen on the Spitfire or the Tornado BUT the fork has the chrome piece which was only found on the first 5. One other clue that makes me lean towards the latter 2 is that it has the original black wall tires while the first 5 models appear to have all come with white walls.
But how to explain then the chrome piece on the fork?
I would like to restore this but want to get the model right for decal puposes.
Any assistance is appreciated.