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Schwinn DeLuxe Speedster

Old 06-23-13, 09:19 AM
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Schwinn DeLuxe Speedster

I found this Schwinn Deluxe Speedster at a garage sale. I'm pretty sure the rust will come right out of the chrome. I couldn't find a serial number to determine the year. It is a Chicago made bike. Any other way to date it? It has a (non functioning) three speed hub and a front handbrake.

Any ideas as to value of this bike?
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Old 06-23-13, 10:44 AM
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Use google and search schwinn serial number decoding.
IMHO, $35-$50 as-is. I paid $75 for a showroom new looking Speedster in red.
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Old 06-23-13, 11:10 AM
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Look for the frame serial number. Just looking at the decals for some idea of the vintage, it's probably on the head tube just above the lower headset bearing cup:



The first letter is the month, the second letter is the year.

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Old 06-23-13, 01:08 PM
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The serial number is on the left drop out GO39169 appears to be from December of 1952. A friend of mine just dropped by the house. He worked for Schwinn in Chicago way back in history. He told me that they called this the camelback model.
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Old 06-23-13, 01:37 PM
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The bike in question not a 1952 bike it is from the 1970's. As for value boom era 3speeds don't usually do well in most markets I would guess around $75 cleaned up if everything works good and is original.
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Catalogs are all on line, looks late 1960s to me. Broken + 3 speed = Minimal value. Need to get it functional. In most markets, 3 speeds don't bring a lot.

1952 catalog is on line too.
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Old 06-23-13, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
The bike in question not a 1952 bike it is from the 1970's. As for value boom era 3speeds don't usually do well in most markets I would guess around $75 cleaned up if everything works good and is original.
It looks like we are both wrong. I just double checked the serial number appears to indicate it was manufactured July 1960. I bought it for Grandkids to ride when they visit. They will be here for July 4th weekend.

I posted it on Chicago Craigslist. Will sell when the kids leave.

https://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday...innCodes3.html

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Old 06-23-13, 02:10 PM
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GD***** would be on the left rear fork and would be July '68. It is a camelback frame, and much later than the early fifties.

Here's the '68 catalog page.

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Old 06-23-13, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Scooper View Post
GD***** would be on the left rear fork and would be July '68. It is a camelback frame, and much later than the early fifties.
I'm pretty sure it's GO rather than GD. Will double check in the day light. Even if it is 68, it is still over 45 years old.
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The 1960 Speedster had a Schwinn middleweight cantilever frame, nothing like the frame on your bike. Let us know when you confirm the serial number.

1960 Speedster:

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The frame style on this bike was used from the late 60's I believe 68 to the mid 70's.
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Originally Posted by MrEWorm View Post
I'm pretty sure it's GO rather than GD.
It is almost certainly GC, which corresponds to July '67. Coincidentally '67 was also the last year they offered the Deluxe Speedster, and yours is in Sky Blue. Here is the catalog page: https://waterfordbikes.com/SchwinnCat...0/1967_13.html
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It is almost certainly GC, which corresponds to July '67. Coincidentally '67 was also the last year they offered the Deluxe Speedster, and yours is in Sky Blue.
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