Here's a Monark Silver King I bought at a town-wide yard sale festival in July of 2011 -
Paid the asking price of... .....
After an ethics debate newbie-me "got sucked into" on the CL thread, I'm a little ***-shy on telling the prices I pay. - - Sorry folks, I'm just that way. I'm always "preying on the ignorant" by paying them what they want for their stuff. - My excuse this time is that I'm a Schwinn collector, so honestly I have no idea about Monark values.
Says "Silver King" on the front head badge. Obviously it would have had fenders and a horn tank at one time. I haven't even tried to date it. I figure 1950s since not inch-pitch chain.
Just for grins, I took it all apart and got it going 100%. Even got the frozen bronze front fork bushings free and working. That "cushy suspension" is kind of fun.
It's original paint, has a nice patina. I guess one might call this a "beach cruiser" or "Rat Rod".
(Rear wheel is original with New Departure hub, front wheel is Schwinn.)
Photos as found - after service
I know Monark was a Chicago company and they have their following in the collector hobby. But from my perspective it isn't even close in component/build-quality to a Schwinn. The kickstand on the Monark is bogus as are the butt-welded frame joints which are iffy IMHO.
For example, my same era Schwinn-built B.F. Goodrich Challenger.