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Posted 6 years ago


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I came across this the other day. Can anyone tell me anything about it? Are there any markings I should be looking for as to the year. I think it is pre 1940's. Saw something very similar that was an auto cycle. What is it worth in this condition. Please help!

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  1. npence, 6 years ago
    looks to be late 40's early 50's straight bar schwinn. maybe a panther or a hornet. you can look the serial number up and it will get you the month and year the bike was made. schwinn did a good job of keeping records.
  2. stoneyman99, 6 years ago
    Thanks, where will I find the serial number?
  3. npence, 6 years ago
    I think on schwinns they are on the rear drop outs by the rear axle.
  4. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
    Here's a link to help you date it:
  5. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
    You say you "came across this the other day." Did you buy it?
  6. stoneyman99, 6 years ago
    No. Not yet. I want to find out exactly what it is and what it is worth in the condition it is in. I do have access to it.
  7. stoneyman99, 6 years ago
    Thanks for the link. I found the serial #. Looks like it is from 1950, but the numbers overlap on 9/21 and 9/29. It does not give the model.
  8. stoneyman99, 6 years ago
    Looks like it is a Hornet. The Panther was chrome in 1950, the Hornet was not, and the Panther had the spring where the fork met the frame the Hornet did not in 1950. Can anyone confirm.
  9. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
    Looks like it. The seats been replaced though:,r:0,s:0&tx=136&ty=74
  10. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
    Looks like it. I think the Hornet was a bit cheaper than the Panther...
  11. DavesCoolStuff DavesCoolStuff, 5 years ago
    I just picked up a '51 Schwinn from the original owner, it's missing the tank and rear rack but has the same colors as yours. Like mine, yours has the skip-tooth 'sweetheart' sprocket!

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