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70's? Sears

Old 08-17-17, 07:19 PM
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70's? Sears

My MIL bought it new. It's in good shape. Surface rust from sitting in the basement. It has new tires and tubes. I don't know if the light works. I had it on CL fof $60. A guy told me he'd buy it, but it was too far for him to travel. He said it's probably worth more. I may have the original seat, but I doubt it. Any ideas of worth? I can look for a serial number, if that'll help.
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Old 08-18-17, 08:33 PM
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I guess there's not much interest on here with bikes like this. Understood. Maybe my MIL will.
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Old 08-19-17, 08:54 AM
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FWIW, I just found the original seat. It's in good condition, too.
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Old 08-19-17, 11:30 AM
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You may want to try the beach cruiser sub-forum, most of the folks here are interested in road, mountain, and 3 speeds. That said, I think you had it priced about right. It was probably made for Sears by Murray or Huffy, and probably dates mid-sixties to 1970. Clean it up and try the lights.
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It's a nice vintage in great survivor condition bike but it is a low end lesser branded step through single speed so $125 or so is about all it's worth
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Do the lights work? this seems older than '70s
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Old 08-20-17, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Do the lights work? this seems older than '70s
Agreed. More likely 1950s to early 1960s. The integrated space-age-looking lights boost the value for collectors of bikes from that era.

Might be possible to find the exact model listed in an on-line archive of Sears catalogs.
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Old 08-21-17, 07:27 PM
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I'll look at the light.
It's certainly a low end model. I'm not expecting much, just want to get what it's worth.
Thanks for all of the replies.
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What is the exact make and model on the rear hub?
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What is the exact make and model on the rear hub?
I'll get back to you on that. Gonna be busy the next couple of days.
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Old 08-25-17, 07:47 AM
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It is a Murray. Just by coincidence, I saw the same bike hanging in a restaurant yesterday, and it was badged, "Murray".
The lights don't work. Missing the switch, for one thing.
The hub is marked-

Comet (or Comel?)
F.&S. J
Super
161 36
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F&S = Fitchel & Sachs, a German manufacturer.
They did have a model called the Komet Super
161 is the model number.
36 is the spoke hole count
J is the date code and indicates 1966, so the bicycle itself would be 1966 or 1967, provided the hub is OEM.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
F&S = Fitchel & Sachs, a German manufacturer.
They did have a model called the Komet Super
161 is the model number.
36 is the spoke hole count
J is the date code and indicates 1966, so the bicycle itself would be 1966 or 1967, provided the hub is OEM.
Thanks, T-Mar.
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