Your bike is most likely 1940's not a pre -war. All pre war Schwinns used a rear drop out with adjusting screws.(see picture) Your serial number should be on the bottom of the frame under the crankset. PM me and I'll look it up for you.
Schwinn lost their archives in a factory fire in 1948,but another way to date your bike is to disassemble the crankset and look for a date code on the crank. If it's original to the bike that will get you close.
Registered: Fri Jan 20 2006
Loc: On the plains of Colorado
Ser# C13334, but the # charts that I've found dont go back that far. It also has a tapered kickstand, and truss bar forks.
I havent pulled the crank yet. I was pretty sure about the drop outs too. And I also thought that the "Phantom" chainguard is newer also. Check out the headbadge. It says "Arnold Schwinn & Co." Let me know what you find out though.
Have a few here are a couple of them Early 30's Elgin that I need to get tires on otherwise probably leave as is picked this columbia up yesterday first thought hey a beer basket for shows but it had to go and today not sure plans for it yet but looks better already
wanted early graphic items including signs,cardboard,paper,cans,counter/automobilia displays especially with old cars on,arizona quarts
Registered: Wed Jun 02 2004
Loc: PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
I'm not a bicycle nut, so I do have it chained outside by the roadside with a For Sale sign next to it. I have no idea what to ask, so I Priced it (as is w/patina) @ $125 O.B.O. What do you think is a fair price on this 6-7 Cond bicycle with original tires that still hold air?
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