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To my knowledge: 1940 Schwinn New World Racer

Old 06-19-13, 02:33 PM
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To my knowledge: 1940 Schwinn New World Racer

FROM MY RESEARCH (MIGHT BE INCORRECT): I believe what I have is a 1940 Schwinn New World Racer Model W3R. The New World Racer was introduced as an affordable racer. Before its introduction, the Paramount was the only racer available and was very expensive. Some parts are the same between both models. The man I bought it from (I payed $100 and my parents think I'm an idiot) said that the fork was upgraded at the time of purchase to the fork from the Paramount but I am unsure of whether this is the case (I don't think it is true though). I have many pictures and can add more if needed. Any estimates? Thanks in advance!
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I'm not knowledgeable enough to know the exact value, but I'd say for 100 bucks you did pretty spectacularly. A skiptooth chain alone is worth almost half that. Bars and stem are for sure are not original, no idea on the rest of it.
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That's a helluva deal for $100. Nice score!

I'm pretty sure all of the Paramount forks (No. 4338) had a crown with brazed blades, but it's quite possible your New World has an upgrade to a Superior fork (No. 4335).



Here's the fork crown on my 1940 track Paramount.

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Thanks so much for both your responses! I had no idea that the skip tooth chain was that valuable! I think you are right on Stan, it looks to be a Superior fork. Also after some careful inspection, I found that Schwinn is engraved in the headset. Is it safe to assume then that the fork is the Superior fork? The frame is way to small for me (I am 6'2'') so I plan to sell it. Should I part it out or sell it complete? Would you recommend selling it on Ebay? Because I just joined today, I assume that I have very little credibility here therefore granting it difficult to sell on the marketplace.
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Originally Posted by VintageLover View Post
Thanks so much for both your responses! I had no idea that the skip tooth chain was that valuable! I think you are right on Stan, it looks to be a Superior fork. Also after some careful inspection, I found that Schwinn is engraved in the headset. Is it safe to assume then that the fork is the Superior fork? The frame is way to small for me (I am 6'2'') so I plan to sell it. Should I part it out or sell it complete? Would you recommend selling it on Ebay? Because I just joined today, I assume that I have very little credibility here therefore granting it difficult to sell on the marketplace.
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Hi Kevin,

It would be a shame to part it out, but it's likely you'd get more money for it if you went that route.

For a bike like yours, I believe ebay makes sense. There are lots of serious collectors, and ebay is the biggest market to target them. It's a hassle, but you'd be more likely to get top dollar.

I don't believe I'd advertise it as having a Superior fork because you're not sure, and I think you'd have to have your fork and one from a pre-war Superior side-by-side to really tell.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do, and welcome to BF.
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BTW, here are the specifications for the 1940 W3R New World Racer from the dealer catalog.

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Thanks you for all your help and advice Stan! Much appreciated. I found that advertisement a while back while doing some research, but lost it. So thanks for the post. I added it to the album to make it a bit more complete.
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That is a really cool find!

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Thank you! I really wish it was my size so I could ride it and didn't have to sell it (broke kid going to college). It's just amazing how well it has stood the test of time.
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