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Schwinn Stingray-Phony serial numbers?

Old 02-02-16, 10:30 AM
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Schwinn Stingray-Phony serial numbers?

Ii picked up a girls Schwinn bike, has the little ape hangers, banana set, looks just like the stingrays. It's got the Schwinn badge. Yet when I enter the serial numbers into and online resource that tells you the year of your bike by simply entering the serial number, it comes up that my "stingray' is from 1958! The stingray style wasn't around in 1958 right? Anyone ever come across a bike that someone stamped bogus serial number into the frame? This bike looks like a 1980, not much older.
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The online resource really only works for US manufactured Schwinn's made before 1980 or so. The bike in question is likely an none US made reproduction of a Stingray made during the 80's or 90's, which had different serial numbers. It is technically still a Schwinn and the serial number isn't bogus, it just means it is a newer none US made one so not worth nearly as much. Really nice reproduction Stingrays tend to go for about a $150-200 which is less than half what the classic 60's and early 70's ones go for.
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