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1953 Schwinn Catalina 2 speed... worth?

Old 01-12-11, 11:04 AM
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1953 Schwinn Catalina 2 speed... worth?

Sorry not a great picture, I'm on the road and can put up better ones when I get home. I'm curious how much this bike is worth.

It's a 1953 Schwinn Catalina. Has original spring seat, grips, pedals, crank, rear hub, basket and light (that works). The only thing not original is the chain and tires.

It's a 2 speed with coaster brake, gears are changed by flipping what looks like a brake handle on the right side of the handlebar. The frame is in great shape, the fenders have a few minor dings in them and a few small surface rust spots. It used to be in pretty bad shape but I took it to a local guy who go it cleaned up and running again.

I'm wondering if it's worth it to have it repainted to it's original glory (~$500) or leave it as a vintage looking cruiser.

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I would say it is worth a lot more as an original than a repaint; the paint will decrease its value.
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I believe the Catalina was built only in 1959. It has a heavy straight gauge carbon steel electro-forged step-through frame and sold in 1959 for $66.95 with the two-speed hub. Generally, these bikes have little value because they were built in such large numbers. The ladies bikes generally have lower value than the mens bikes.

My guess is it's worth $50 - $75 at most.

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I would say it is worth a lot more as an original than a repaint; the paint will decrease its value.
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+1. The paint on the bike in the picture looks great. It's generally true that bikes look better in photos than they do in real life, but still. There's no reason to repaint such a nice bike, and doing so will not add to its value.
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It may be a '58 not a '53 (couldn't remember which of those years but it is on the frame) also wasn't sure if it would even be a good idea to repaint or leave it original. It's my wife's for rides in the summer to the store, etc.

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You said that it is a 2 speed but that the gears are changed by a lever on the right side handlebars, makes me think it is a 3 speed. Either way, there is little collector interest for the bike, at least around here , but clean it & ride it.
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What is the serial number?
That will tell you the year.
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